François Gérard @ the Château de Fontainebleau

Thomas_Lawrence_-_Francois_Gerard        Thomas Lawrence [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Student of Jacques-Louis David, François enjoyed a big success for his history and portrait paintings. He became a painter of the court under Napoleon Bonaparte, first painter of Joséphine de Beauharnais, and of the King of the restoration, during Luis XVIII and Charles X reign. His reputation made him so famous, that frontiers opened for him  with the major sovereign families of Europe, pushing themselves to get a portrait painted by the Gérard.

Gerard_-_Napoléon_II_Roi_de_Rome       François Gérard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

With the perfect mix of elegance and psychological depth, his early works introduced the Gérard to a clientele who were always looking  for recognition. Starting 1800, Napoleon’s commissions gave him an official position: Baron.

gérard-hortensetfils-font2 copie   Hortense de Beauharnais and her son, the Crown Prince of Holland, 
            Gérard, 1807. Photo: © Château de Versailles.

Since 1795, and until he died, he produced images of his contemporaries, and achieved a grade of success that only a few other artists of his time were able to gain.

Reuniting more than 70 works from private and public collections in France and from several European museums, this retrospective finally pays homage to the master who was known to his contemporaries as “the painter of kings and the king of painters.”

Dates and times:
Every Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
From: Saturday 29 March To: Monday 30 June 2014

Event Location:
Musée national du château de Fontainebleau ,
Château de Fontainebleau
77 Fontainebleau, 77300
Metro: Pigalle

For a  visit to Fontainebleau and Barbizon for 4 1/2 hours, Including hotel/apartment pickup and return inside Paris, go here.