Paul Delaroche

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Delaroche, Paul


(Hippolyte Delaroche). Born July 17, 1797, in Paris; died there Nov. 4, 1856. French painter.

A pupil of A. Gros, Delaroche depicted primarily dramatic episodes from medieval history in his paintings (The Children of Edward IV, 1831, the Louvre, Paris; The Assassination of the Due de Guise, 1834, the Condé Museum, Chantilly; Cromwell Opening the Coffin of Charles I, 1849, the Hermitage, Leningrad). In his creative work a naturalistic tendency—prosaic, humdrum, superficial treatment of historical events and a striving for an externally accurate rendition of the background, costumes, and details of everyday life—is combined with entertaining romantic subjects and idealization of kings, the nobility, and feudal mores. Delaroche also painted an enormous mural at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, depicting artists of the past (Hemicycle, 1837-41), as well as a number of portraits and religious compositions.


Paul Delaroche: Exposition des oeuvres. Paris, 1857.


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It is now getting on for two centuries since Paul Delaroche first declared painting to be dead in 1839.
Perhaps the most significant self-portrait of the Beaux-Arts system was provided by one of the first and best proponents of the genre historique, Paul Delaroche, when he was commissioned to allegorize the system as a whole by decorating the hemicycle of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
WHEN the celebrated French painter Paul Delaroche saw the first Daguerreotype, the first primitive photograph at its unveiling in Paris on August 19, 1839, he announced to the assembled viewers: "From today, painting is dead.
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Paul Delaroche, 1839, upon seeing a daguerreotype for the first time
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