Boilly, Louis-Léopold

BORN 5 Jul 1761, La Bassée, Nord - DIED 4 Jan 1845, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 23, avenue transversale no. 3, ligne 5 (Moiroux: P19))

Louis-Léopold Boilly was the son of a wood sculptor. He grew up in Douai where Charles alexanfre Joseph Caullet taught him painting. He continued his studies in Arras with Dominique Doncre and in 1785 he settled in Paris. There he worked as a portrait painter. He married Marie-Madeleine Desligne in 1787. In 1791 he first exhibited at the Salon. Apart from portrait he made genre scenes and trompe-l'oeil paintins. In 1794 the painter Jean-Baptiste Wicar denounced him, but he showed the agents of the revolutionary government his paintings with patriotic subjects in his studio.

After his first wife died he married Adélaïde-Françoise Leduc in 1795. They had six sons. Julien Léopold (1796-1874) became a painter, Édouard (1799-1854) a composer and Alphonse Léopold (1801-1867) an engraver. Boilly's work was popular and in 1804 he was awarded a gold medal at the Salon. His humorous series of lithographs "Les Grimaces" was published in 1823. Ten years later he became a member of the Institut de France. He also received the Légion d'honneur. He died in 1845 in Paris.

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The grave of Louis Léopold Boilly at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2022)


Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990
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Boinville, Cornelia

Published: 25 Feb 2023
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