Scheffer, Ary

BORN 12 Feb 1795, Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland - DIED 15 Jun 1858, Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 22)

Ary Scheffer was the son of a poor painter. After the early death of his father he was taken to Paris by his mother. There he worked in the studio of Gurin. He didn't like the great romantic painters of his days (like Delacroix and Géricault) and soon developed a style of his own. He depicted the works of Goethe and Byron and then turned to religious subjects. After 1846 he ceased to exhibit his works, but in his studio he continued to work.

He married the widow of General Baudrand (born Françoise Louise Sophie Lauzun-Marin, 1805-1856) and received the Légion d'honneur in 1848. After his death many unknown works were found in his studio and exhibited posthumously at Argentueil. This shook his reputation that detoriated further after the sale of the Paturle Gallery that had held many of his best works. His brother Henri was also a painter.

• Daughter: Scheffer, Cornelia

Related persons
• was teacher to Bartholdi, Auguste
• was a friend of Cogniet, Léon
• was teacher to Perugini, Charles Edward
• was teacher to Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre
• was sculpted by Scheffer, Cornelia
• painted Viardot-Garcia, Pauline
• was a friend of Viardot-Garcia, Pauline

16/7/1857Franz Liszt meets Ary Scheffer in Scheveningen. Liszt was in the Netherlands for a festival and Scheffer was staying with his brother in Scheveningen near The Hague. In 1837 Scheffer had painted Liszt in Paris. They walked along the sea and talked about politics, literature, music and painting. [Liszt, Franz]


The grave of Ary Scheffer at Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 May 2005)


"Ary Scheffer at work in the grand studio at his house at the Rue Chaptal 16 in Paris".
   (1851, Dordrecht: Dordrechts Museum)

"Portrait of Frédéric Chopin".
   (c1847, Dordrecht: Dordrechts Museum)

Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Scheffer, Cornelia

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 01 Jun 2020