Greuze, Jean-Baptiste

BORN 21 Aug 1725, Tournus, Saône-et-Loire - DIED 21 Mar 1805, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 27)

The young Greuze studied with Grandon (or Grondom), an artist from Lyon. When Grondom joined his son-in-law Grétry is Paris he took Greuze with him. Greuze's work attracted little attention at the school of the Royal Academy in Paris. But he won the support of the connoisseur La Live de Jully.

In 1755 he left for Italy in the company of Abbé Louis Gougenot. In 1757 his contributions to the Salon showed Italian inspiration but failed miserably. From 1759 onwards he was more successful. In 1765 he was at the height of his popularity. In 1769 he was admitted to the Academy as a genre painter, where he wanted to be received as a painter of historical subjects. A quarrel followed and he stopped exhibiting at the Salon until 1804.

In his later years he lost his wealth as a result of spending to much and embezzlement by his wife. He died in poverty in the Louvre in 1805.

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The grave of Jean-Baptiste Greuze at the Montmartre cemetery in Paris.
Picture by Androom (08 Mar 1995)


• Claude Augé (ed.), Larousse Universel en 2 volumes, Librarie Larousse, 1922
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Wikipedia

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Published: 11 May 2008
Last update: 25 Apr 2022