Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson / Aurora and Cephalus / c.1810Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
Aurora and Cephalus

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Creator Name: Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, Anne-Louis
Creator Nationality: French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1767 - 1824
Biography: On the advice of his architecture instructor Étienne-Louis Boullée (1728-1799), Girodet enrolled in the atelier of David (q.v.) in 1783 to study painting, working alongside other young artists like Gros (q.v.) and Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Wicar (1762-1834) who were also taught in David's neoclassical style. Girodet's early works display the influence of David in the linear and sculptural quality of his figures. After three consecutive years of competing for the Prix de Rome, he finally won at his fourth effort in 1789. Later that year the Revolution broke out in France and Girodet made numerous drawings of the fall of the Bastille. In 1790 he left for Italy where he stayed for five years. During that time his style changed and softened under the influence of the works of Leonardo (1452-1519) and Correggio (1489/94-1534). Girodet strove to be unique and original in his depictions and even went to great lengths to oppose David's neoclassicism. His new interest in atmospheric and light effects differed from that of his teacher. He made a name for himself at the Salon of 1793, with his submission of Sleep of Endymion (Musée du Louvre, Paris). After his return to Paris from Italy, Girodet became known as a portrait painter and accepted numerous commissions, but many of them were either late in delivery or never completed. Girodet's tendency to interpret commissions to prove his own originality often offended and alienated his patrons. He did not find official success at the Salon again until 1808 and produced little after 1815.
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Montargis, Loiret, 29 January 1767
Creator Death Place: Paris, 9 December 1824
Creator Name-CRT: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
Title: Aurora and Cephalus
Title Type: Primary
Title: Cephale et l'Aurore
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1805
Creation End Date: 1815
Creation Date: c.1810
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 22.8cm x 16.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.101
Credit Line: Gift of the Painting and Drawing Society of The Cleveland Museum of Art
Style or Period: France, 19th century
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.101
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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