painted by François Pascal Simon, Baron Gérard Portrait of a Lady. No title. Paris G.Engelmann c.1822
Black and white lithograph portait of an unidentified, lady, after a painting by François Pascal Simon, Baron Gérard, lithographed by G. Engelmann. and Weber. India paper. A stunning head and shoulders portrait of an unidentified, possibly Royal, lady, by the famous French artist Baron Gérard. The portrait was formerly bound in to a copy of Pancouke's Description de L'Egypt [dedicated to Louis XVIII,] but we have not been able to identify the sitter. Bright and clean; some spots to blank margins of paper upon which it is laid.
François Pascal Simon, Baron Gérard (4 мау 1770 – 11 January 1837), was a French Neoclassical painter best known for his portraits of celebrated European personalities, particularly the leading figures of the French First Empire and Restoration periods . As a baron of the Empire, he is sometimes referred to as Baron Gérard. Gérard first studied under the sculptor Augustin Pajou and later with the painter Jacques-Louis David, whose assistant he became after 1791. In 1793, at David's request, he was named a member of the French Revolutionary Tribunal, although he took no part in its fatal decisions. Known for the charm of his manner and conversation, as well as for his skill with the brush, Gérard was always able to ingratiate himself with the political faction in power. A favourite of the revolutionaries, he also was acclaimed by Napoleon I and his circle, executing portraits (e.g., "Josephine Bonaparte," 1799; Louvre, Paris) and historical pieces (e.g., "Battle of Austerlitz," 1808; Versailles). After Napoleon's fall he became court painter to Louis XVIII, who made him a baron in 1819. He was later patronized by Charles X, during whose unstable reign he painted the contrived ceiling murals for the Panthéon in Paris (1830). A portrait of his friend, the miniaturist J.-B. Isabey, and his daughter (1795; Louvre) and Gérard's famed salon entry "Cupid and Psyche" (1798; Louvre) were among the pictures that established a style that became widely imitated at the turn of the 18th century. Gérard's painting was closely related to David's in its intellectualism, cool classicism, highly finished surfaces, and sculptural definition of form. Gérard's works, especially his portraits, are generally considered to be more elegant than David's.
Godefroy Engelmann was a 19th-century Franco-German lithographer and chromolithographer. Engelmann is largely credited with bringing lithography to France,a nd later, commercializing chromolithography. In 1837 he was granted an English patent for a process of chromolithography that provided consistently high-quality results. Throughout his life, he produced large numbers of prints, including numerous plates for Baron Isidore Justin Séverin Taylor's celebrated collection of lithographs, Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l'ancienne France.
408 by 305mm (16 by 12 inches).
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