Girodet-Trioson, Anne-Louis

Girodet-Trioson, Anne-Louis

(än-lwē zhērôdā`-trēôzôN`), 1767–1824, French painter. Originally named Girodet de Roussy or Roucy, he was a student of J.-L. DavidDavid, Jacques-Louis
, 1748–1825, French painter. David was the virtual art dictator of France for a generation. Extending beyond painting, his influence determined the course of fashion, furniture design, and interior decoration and was reflected in the development of
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, and his classical training was sometimes at variance with his often eccentrically romantic expression. He won the Prix de Rome and while in Italy painted the Sleep of Endymion (1791; Louvre), a sensual and erotically ambiguous work that brought him widespread recognition. His Deluge (Louvre) demonstrates Girodet's interest in unusual color and lighting problems. Much of his work, including a series for Malmaison (Napoleon's residence), glorifies Napoleon. His The Burial of Atala (1808; Louvre) was inspired by Chateaubriand.
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