Charles Meynier

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Charles Meynier (1763 or 1768, Paris – 1832, Paris) was a French painter of historical subjects in the late 18th and early 19th century. He was a contemporary of Antoine-Jean Gros und Jacques-Louis David.


Detail : Napoleon on the Isle of Lobau

Meynier was the son of a tailor. Already at a young age he was trained by Pierre-Philippe Choffard. As a student of François-André Vincent, Meynier won the second prize in the 1789 prix de Rome competition; Girodet won. He became a member of the Académie de France à Rome. In 1793 he went back to Paris.

He made designs for the bas-reliefs and statues on the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Paris Bourse. From 1816 onward, he was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1819 Meynier was appointed teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts.[1] Like his wife he died of cholera.


Napoleon passing through the Brandenburg Gate after the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt (1806). Painted by Charles Meynier in 1810.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Funérailles de M. Charles Meynier: par Étienne-Barthélémy Garnier
  2. ^ Ghislain de Diesbach, Un nid de souvenirs en Suisse, in "Connaissance des Arts", n° 192, February 1968, pages 62–67.

External links[edit]

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