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Hippolyte Flandrin

Hippolyte Flandrin

1809 - 1864

Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin was a French Neoclassical painter. His most celebrated work, Jeune Homme Nu Assis au Bord de la Mer ("Young Male Nude Seated beside the Sea"), from 1836, is held in the Louvre.

The Prix de Rome allowed him to study for five years in Rome. While there, he created several paintings, increasing his celebrity both in France and Italy. His painting St. Clair Healing the Blind was created for the Nantes Cathedral, and years later, it also brought him a medal of the first class at the exhibition of 1855 ; this painting was destroyed in the fire which took place at Nantes Cathedral on 18 July 2020. Jesus and the Little Children was given by the government to the town of Lisieux. Dante and Virgil visiting the Envious Men struck with Blindness and Euripides writing his Tragedies are now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon.

In 1853, Flandrin was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. On April 4, 1856, he assisted in the founding of the Œuvre des Écoles d'Orient, better known as L'Œuvre d'Orient; he was a member of its first general council at April 25, 1856. Upon his return to Paris in 1856, Flandrin received a commission from the chapel of St John in the church of St Séverin. As a result, his reputation became even more impressive, virtually guaranteeing him continuous employment for the rest of his life.

In addition to these works, Flandrin also painted a great number of portraits, including Portrait of Napoleon III, who was not very well received by the sitter. However, he is much more known today for his monumental decorative paintings. The most notable of these are found in the following locations:

in the sanctuary, choir, and nave of St Germain des Prés at Paris (1842-1861)

in the church of St Paul at Nîmes (1848-1849)

of St Vincent de Paul at Paris (1850-1854)

in the church of St-Martin-d'Ainay at Lyon (1855)

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