FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Pierre Paul PRUD'HON
Title: "Une Lecture"
Origin: Gazette Des Beaux-Arts, Paris, c. 1870
Medium: Original Lithograph
Image Size: 7.5" X 6"
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, (1758 Cluny, France, - 1823 Paris), was a French painter and draftsman born the tenth son
of a stonecutter in Burgundy. He began studying painting in Dijon at age sixteen. He arrived in Paris in 1780, but
his experience in Italy from 1784 to 1787, when he absorbed the softness and sensuality of Correggio's works
and Leonardo da Vinci's sfumato, gave his art its distinctive style. Upon his return to Paris, Prud'hon
enthusiastically supported the French Revolution. In 1801 Napoleon favored him with commissions for
portraits, ceiling decorations, and allegorical paintings. "Prud'hon's true genius lay in allegory; this is his
empire and his true domain," Eugène Delacroix later wrote. In 1816 he gained membership in the Institute de
France. An ill-fated love affair with a pupil and collaborator who committed suicide in his studio caused
Prud'hon's depression and subsequent death. Prud'hon's paintings were based on classical texts and ancient
prototypes, but his dreaminess and melancholy were more akin to Romanticism.