François-Joseph Navez

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Self-portrait, 1826

François-Joseph Navez (16 November 1787 – 12 October 1869) was a Belgian neo-classical painter.[1]


The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1823

Navez was born in Charleroi. He was a pupil of Jacques-Louis David. He spent five years in Italy between 1817 and 1822. Between 1835 and 1862 he was the director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

He was a very successful portrait painter. He also painted many mythological and historic subjects.

The orientalist painter Jean-François Portaels was his pupil (and son-in-law).

Jean Carolus, the Belgian painter of genre scenes and interiors, was a protege of François-Joseph Navez.

Navez was elected a fourth class member of the Royal Institute of the Netherlands in 1826, he became a supernumerary associate in 1841 and resigned in 1851.[2] He died in 1869 in Brussels.

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  • P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 488–489.
  • P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 511, illustrations p. 421.


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  2. ^ "François Joseph Navez (1787 - 1869)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020.
  3. ^, July 2019, Grenoble achète un tableau de Navez.
  4. ^ "Navez, François" . New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
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