Jean-Baptiste Greuze

1725-1805 France-Rococo/Genre Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Greuze was born in Tournus, Burgundy in 1725. From the age of eight, his talent in drawing was evident. Against his father's intentions for him, he permitted him to go to Lyon with his maternal grandfather named Grandon, to learn painting. He took him to Paris from Lyon, where he entered the Royal Academy which accepted him after presenting several pictures. He visited Italy for a short period, and when he returned to Paris, he exhibited at the Academy and was fully admitted in 1769, but as a genre painter. His disappointment with the ranking made him withdraw from showing his works at the Academy. After the revolution, he attempted to come back, however, his style was out of vogue, neoclassicism was emerging, and he also had many failures, not least with his wife whom he had to divorce. He died in Paris, a penniless man in 1805. The Musée Greuze in his town of Tournus has paintings by him, including memorabilia of his life.

 

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Canary

Canary


Ariadne

Ariadne


Filial Piety

Filial Piety


Innocence

Innocence

Angel
Lawrence

Angel Lawrence of the Live of Jully

Claude Earl
of Angiviller

The Billarderie Claude Earl of Angiviller

Schoolboy
Sleeping

A Schoolboy Sleeping on his Book

Claude Henri
Watelet

Claude Henri Watelet

Fear
Expression

Fear Expression Head

Titus at
the Desk

Titus at the Desk

Girl
with Birds

Girl with Birds

Girl with
Blue Ribbon

Girl with Blue Ribbon

La Geste
Napolitain

La Geste Napolitain

Marquise de
Chauvelin

Marquise de Chauvelin

Nicolas-Pierre-
Baptiste Anselme

Nicolas-Pierre-Baptiste Anselme

Girl has
the Dove

The Girl has the Dove

Spoiled
Child

Spoiled Child

Sleeping Knitter

Sleeping Knitter

The Broken
Jug

The Broken Jug

Septimius Severus
and Caracalla

Septimius Severus and Caracalla

The Broken
Mirror

The Broken Mirror

The Cake of
the Kings

The Cake of the Kings

Young
Peasant Boy

Young Peasant Boy

The Child
with the Dove

The Child with the Dove

The Complain of
the Watch

The Complain of the Watch

Red green
Shirt

greu a boy in red green shirt

The Dead
Bird

The Dead Bird

The
Ungrateful Son

The Father's Curse-The Ungrateful Son

Rene Louis
de Girardin

Rene Louis de Girardin with the Bust of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Portrait of
Joseph

Portrait of Joseph Model at Art Academy

Portrait of
a Girl

Portrait of a Girl

Boy in Red
Waistcoat

Boy in a Red Waistcoat

The Granted
Village

The Granted Village

The Lazy
Italian

The lazy Italian

The
Punished Son

The Farther's Curse-The Punished Son

Madame
Greuze

Madame Greuze on the Chaislongue with Dog


Nymph

Nymph


Simplicity

Simplicity

The
Guitarist

The Guitarist

A
Boy

A Boy

Votive Offering
to Cupid

Votive Offering to Cupid

The Widow and
Her Priest

The Widow and Her Priest

Count
Stroganov

Count Stroganov

The
Spoiled Child

The Spoiled Child

Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

portrait
of a boy

portrait of a boy

The
White Hat

The White Hat

Girl in
a Lilac Tunic

Girl in a Lilac Tunic

a young
peasant boy

young peasant boy

Young Peasant
Woman

Young Peasant Woman

The Countess
EP Shuvalova

The Countess EP Shuvalova