BORN 16 Mar 1771, Paris - DIED 26 Jun 1835, Bas-Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine|
CAUSE OF DEATH suicide by drowning
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 25, ligne 02, P, 21)
Antoine-Jean Gros was a pupil of his father, a miniaturist, and then of J.L. David. He grew into a painter of portraits and historical scens in the academical tradition.
He fled from the French Revolution to Genua where he met Alfieri, Fabre and the Countess of Albany. He met Joséphine de Beauharnais in 1794 and Napoleon made him official battle painter. He followed Napoleon on his campaigns and created glamorous works. From 1811 until 1824 he painted the dome of the Panthéon.
After the fall of Napoleon David went into exile and Gros took over his studio. In later years he painted good portraits, but in his further work he was never able to reach the quality of his Napoleontic production. At the end of the life he was overpowered by the feeling that he had failed and he drowned himself in the Seine near Meudon.
Work: "Bonaparte visitant les pestiférés de Jaffa" (1804, Louvre, Paris).
met Alfieri, Vittorio, count
was teacher to Barye, Antoine Louis
painted Beauharnais, Joséphine de
was teacher to Bonington, Richard Parkes
was teacher to Chambellan, Victor Armand
was teacher to Couture, Thomas
was pupil to David, Jacques-Louis
was teacher to Delaroche, Paul
quarreled with Gérard, François, baron
was teacher to Huet, Paul
painted Napoleon I Bonaparte
was teacher to Roqueplan, Camille
was teacher to Rouvière, Philibert
was teacher to Wächter, Eberhard von
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