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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury

Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (1797 - 1890) was a French painter with a special penchant for the dramatic incidents of history (Galileo before the Holly Office, The Assassination of Brion, St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Le Colloque de Poissy, among others). During his long life he witnessed the emergence of the modern artists: Barbizon evolving in Impressionism and all that would follow. He remained firmly within the Academia canon, bringing there his vigor and vivid imagination. In 1850 he became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1863 he was appointed director of the École des Beaux-Arts, and in the following year he went to Rome as director of the French Academy in that city. His son Tony Robert-Fleury was also a painter (also with a penchant for the dramatic).

(Old Masters)



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