BORN 18 Mar 1741, Warsaw - DIED 5 Nov 1819, Paris: Sainte-Périne hospital|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (cenotaph only?)
Alexander Kucharsky was a page to King Stanislaw II Augustus when he was a boy. In Warsaw he studied with the artist Marcello Bacciarelli. Supported by the king he continued his studies in Paris from 1760 to 1769 under Joseph-Marie Vien and Carle van Loo. The king had intentended him to become a historial painter, but he became a portrait painter. He lost the king's support, but from 1776 to 1778 he worked for the princes of Condé in France.
He mostly painted portraits of members of the aristocracy in France and Poland. When Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun left the French court in 1789 he succeeded her as painter to Marie-Antoinette. He painted her and her children. He also painted the future Charles X and Catherine the Great or Russia. During the French Revoluion he continued to sympathize with the monarchy. His last years he lived on a pension granted by king Louis XVIII.
painted Marie Antoinette, queen of France
Alexander Kucharsky - Wikipedia