Joseph Marie Vien

1716-1809 France/Neoclassicism

 

Brief Biography-Joseph Marie Vien from Montpellier, France was a student of Charles Joseph Natoire. He won the Grand Prix de Rome after which he spent five years studying in Italy and doing paintings for churches. He returned to France in 1750 and in 1754 with the help of François Boucher he gained admission to the Academy which had previously rejected his work. From there on he enjoyed considerable success forging the style of neoclassicism. His atelier later engaged notable students, Joseph-Benoit Suvée and Jacques Louis David being the most distinguished. In 1775 he was appointed director of the French Academy at Rome and his works were sought after widely. The Empress of Russia and the King of Denmark tried to avail of his services without success. Napoleon made him a Count and Senator, bestowing on him the cross of Commander in the Légion d'honneur. His wife Therese enjoyed success as a painter and his son Marie Joseph also became a successful painter.

 

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a vestal

a vestal

coriolan's family
imploring

coriolan's family imploring him not to besiege rome

maidens adorning
a sleeping cupid

maidens adorning a sleeping cupid with flowers

hector taking leave
of andromache

hector taking leave of andromache


fleeing slavery

fleeing slavery

lover crowning his
mistress

lover crowning his mistress

marcus aurelius
distributing bread

marcus aurelius distributing bread to the people

pope saint gregory
the great

pope saint gregory the great

portrait of the
architect barthelemy

portrait of the architect barthelemy michel hazan on horseback in mufti


sweet melancholy

sweet melancholy


the cupid seller

the cupid seller

two
women bathing

two women bathing

venus showing mars
her doves

venus showing mars her doves making a nest in his helmet

venus wounded
by diomedes

venus wounded by diomedes is saved by iris