Saint-Ours, Jean Pierre

BORN 4 Apr 1752, Genève - DIED 6 Apr 1809, Genève
GRAVE LOCATION Chêne-Bougeries, Genève: Cimetiere de Chêne-Bougeries, Chemin du Pont-de-Ville

Jean Pierre Saint-Ours first studied with his father, the enamel painter Jacques Saint-Ours. In 1769 he went to Paris to study with Joseph-Marie Vien. There he met Jacques-Louis David. In 1780 he wo nthe Prix de Rome with "Rape of the Sabine Women", but he was not allowed to stay at the French Academy in Rime because he came from Switzerland and because he was Protestant. He travelled to Rome at his own expense and with the help of Cardinal de Bernis he was able to live there.

He supported the French Revolution and in 1791 he exhibited at the Salon in Paris. After Italy was invaded by the French he was forced to return to Geneva. There he married his cousing Madeleine-Hélène Bois de Chêne. They had three daughters. Saint-Ours became involved in politics and he was elected into the Assemblée Nationale. He had known Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his bust of Rousseau was placed on a column in the Parc des Bastions in 1795. In 1796 he left politics and fully concentrated on painting. He died in Geneva in 1809.

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The grave of Jean Pierre Saint-Ours at the Cimetiere de Chêne-Bougeries, Genève.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2019)


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Published: 22 May 2024
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