Anne-Louis Girodet


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Author: Anne-Louis Girodet
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 59x46 cm
Origin: France, Early 19th century

Girodet was one of Jacques-Louis David's most talented and beloved pupils. In 1789 he received the Prix de Rome and set off for Italy, where he was to spend five years. The Italian journey led the artist to break with the classicizing approach he had learned from his teacher and to form his own individual style, a style which allows us to see Girodet as a precursor of Romanticism. This self-portrait has none of the traditional attributes of the artist's profession usually found in such paintings - the brushes, palette and easel. Girodet presented himself in prosaic, homely attire, yet nonetheless in a state of creative illumination. The precise depiction of the artist's external appearance is combined with a convincing representation of his own emotional state, the half-open lips and intense, reflective gaze expressing dynamic inner workings of the mind and soul.

Style: Neo-Classicism
Source of entry: via the State Museum Fund from the Gorchakov collection, St Petersburg, 1923

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