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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.
- 1816 : Sainte Véronique de Milan, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.
- 1816 : La Famille de Hemptinne, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium.Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
- 1819 : Scène de musique, Museum of Grenoble.
- 1821 : Scène de brigands, Private collection.
- 1829 : La Nymphe Salmacis et Hermaphrodite, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.
- 1830 : Songe d'Athalie, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium.
- 1831 : Portrait d'un jeune homme songeur
- 1832 : Portrait of Theodore-Joseph Jonet and his two daughters, Groeningemuseum, Bruges.
- 1836 : Portrait de David, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
- 1844 : Notre-Dame des Affligés, Chiesa di S. Antonio, a Charleroi.
- Trois Dames de Gand, Louvre, Paris.
The Spinners of Fondi, 1845
- 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.
- "François Joseph Navez (1787 - 1869)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020.
- www.latribunedelart.com, July 2019, Grenoble achète un tableau de Navez.
- New International Encyclopedia. 1905. .
- Media related to François-Joseph Navez at Wikimedia Commons