Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours

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The Reunion of Cupid and Psyche

Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours (4 April 1752 – 6 April 1809) was a Swiss painter.

Jean-Pierre was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He began studying with his father Jacques (1708–1773) who was himself a renowned painter. He continued his studies in Paris, in 1769, with Joseph-Marie Vien. In 1780, he obtained the Prix de Rome, but was denied a place at the French Academy in Rome, because of nationality issues and he began the journey at his own expense. In 1792, Saint-Ours was forced to return to his homeland due to the events of Revolution.

On 6 April 1809 he died in Geneva. His works may be seen in several museums, including the Louvre,[1] in Paris, and the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire of Geneva.


  • (German) Koller, Mylène, Zur Genfer Historienmalerei von Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours (1752-1809), Bern ; New York : Lang, 1995. OCLC 35143635
  • (French) Herdt, Anne de, Saint-Ours et la Révolution, Genève : Musée d'art et d'histoire, 1989. OCLC 81886207
  • "Saint-Ours, Jean-Pierre". SIKART dictionary and database. 
  1. ^ "SAINT-OURS Jean Pierre" in the Joconde Database