Léon Cogniet

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Léon Cogniet
Léon Cogniet self-portrait 1818.jpg
Léon Cogniet. Self-portrait ca. 1818, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans
Born Léon Cogniet
29 August 1794
Paris, France
Died 20 November 1880 (aged 87)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Education Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
Known for Painting
Movement Romanticism
The Egyptian Expedition Under the Command of Bonaparte, ceiling at the Louvre, 1835
Léon Cogniet, oil sketch for details of Scenes of July 1830, a painting alluding to the July Revolution

Léon Cogniet (Paris 29 August 1794 – 20 November 1880 Paris) was a French historical and portrait painter.


In 1812, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Pierre-Narcisse Guérin at the same time as Delacroix and Géricault.[citation needed] In 1817 he won the Prix de Rome and was a resident at the Villa Medici from 1817 to 1822.[citation needed] His first picture of note was Marius among the Ruins of Carthage (1824). He decorated several ceilings in the Louvre and the Halle de Godiaque in the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, and a chapel in the church of Madeleine.[citation needed] At first he painted in classical style, but later adopted the methods of the Romanticists.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

History paintings:

  • La Garde nationale de Paris part pour l’armée, Septembre 1792 (The Paris National Guard on its way to the Army, September 1792)
  • Tintoretto painting his dead daughter (1843; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux)
  • Scenes of July 1830



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Death of a French Painter" (PDF). The New York Times. November 10, 1884. 


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.