François Pascal Simon, Baron Gérard

1770-1837 France-Romanticism

 

Brief Biography-François Pascal Simon Gérard was born in Rome in 1770 to a French father and Italian mother. He studied with a sculptor for two years before moving to Jacques-Louis David's studio. In 1789, he competed for the Prix de Rome but only gained second place. The following year, he returned to Rome with his mother on his father's death. It removed him temporarily from the political turmoil of France. When back in Paris he earned a living engraving for publishers. David arranged a position for him on a Revolutionary Tribunal, but he evaded the undesirable duties it involved. In 1795, his portrait 'Bélisaire' won him acclaim, and he won the patronage of Napoleon I. He became a Baron in 1819, won the Légion d'honneur and was later made the First Painter to Louis XVIII. The nobility of Europe requested his services. Meantime he had fallen out with David and quarrelled with Antoine Jean Gros. He died in 1837. Gérard is remembered mostly for his portraiture; his historical works were regrettably not up to the standard of his master.

 

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Napoleon I

Napoleon I

Ossian

Ossian on the Bank of the Lora Invoking the Gods to the Strains of a Harp

Hortense

Hortense de Beauharnais

Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte as First Consul

The Fatherland

The Fatherland under Threat

Cupid

Cupid and Psyche

Mdm Récamier

Madame Recamier

Hortense

Hortense of Beauharnais

Louis XVIII

Louis XVIII of France

Louis-Philippe

Louis-Philippe

Madame Mère

Madame Mere

Jean Isabey

Jean-Baptist Isabey Miniaturist with his Daughter

Worlée

Catherine Worlee Princesse de Talleyrand Perigord

C Bonaparte

Caroline Bonaparte Queen of Naples and Her Children

Marie Bonaparte

Marie-Julie Bonaparte Queen of Spain with Her Two Daughters Charlotte and Zenaide Bonaparte

Daphnis and Chloe

Daphnis and Chloe


Battle of Austerlitz

Battle of Austerlitz

Coronation of Charles X

Coronation of Charles theTenth

Josephine

Portrait of Josephine

Corinne

Corinne at Cape Miseno