Merry-Joseph Blondel

Painting, Visual Artist

1781 – 1853

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Who was Merry-Joseph Blondel?

Merry-Joseph Blondel was a French Neoclassical painter.

After an initial apprenticeship as a painter with the porcelain manufacturer Dihl et Guerhard, he studied painting in the studio of Baron Jean-Baptiste Regnault. He won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1803 for his painting of Aeneas Carrying His Father Anchises, but didn’t take his place at the Villa Médicis in Rome until 1809, due to the suspension of scholarships. He remained in Rome from 1809 to 1812. At the salon of 1817, he was awarded a gold medal for his painting The Death of Louis XII. Thereafter, his career was dominated by significant public commissions for paintings and murals to decorate important buildings and Royal palaces, including the Palace of Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre Museum, the Brongniart Palace and the Luxembourg Palace.

In 1832 he was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, after which he was also nominated professor at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

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Born
Jul 25, 1781
Paris
Lived in
  • Paris
Died
Jun 12, 1853
Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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