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Jean-François Pierre Peyron, full name of Pierre Peyron (15 December 1744 – 20 January 1814), was a French Neoclassical painter.
Biography [ edit ]
Peyron was born in
Aix-en-Provence, where he studied art under Claude Arnulphy. He was later a pupil of [1 ] Lagrenée and was regarded as among the best painters of his generation.
He was one of the first to re-apply the Classic principles of composition, in the manner of
Poussin, while the prevailing fashion was in favour of Rococo.
He won the prestigious
Prix de Rome in 1773, ahead of David who was also a candidate. He spent the years between 1775 to 1782 in Rome, with the Academy of France in Rome.
On his return to
Paris, Peyron found that the career of David had taken its rise and has completely eclipsed his own, relegating it to a minor role in the history of art - which became evident in the exhibitions at the Salon of Paris between 1785 and 1787. David did, however, pay homage to Peyron at the time of his funeral, stating: “He had opened my eyes.” Peyron died in Paris, aged 69.
List of works (partial) [ edit ]
receiving hospitality from a peasant
The Death of (1773) - a lost painting, which won Peyron the Seneca Prix de Rome
The outcast (1779), Musée de Augustins, Belisarius receiving hospitality from a peasant Toulouse
The Funeral of Miltiades (1782), The Louvre, Paris
The Resurrection of Christ (1784), Church of Saint-Louis-en-l'Île, Paris
The Death of (1785), Alceste The Louvre, Paris
The Death of (1787), Statens Museum for Kunst, Socrates Copenhagen
King Perseus of Macedon in front of Aemilius Paulus
^ Philippe de Chennevières, Recherches sur la vie et les ouvrages de quelques peintres, vol. 1, p. 44
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