Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

A brilliant Parisian career

  • Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) © S.H.P.F.

Of Protestant Dutch origin, the French painter came to Paris in 1811. He was to have a brilliant career as the drawing teacher of King Louis-Philippe’s children.

When he arrived in Paris he joined Pierre Guérin’s (1774-1833) workshop. He proved very gifted and was able to work in different fields, such as landscapes painted “sur le motif” (from nature), historical scenes in the Romantic style, religious subjects, for which he is very well-known : “Saint-Augustine with his mother, Saint Monica”. He made many copies of this in 1849 and 1855.

A talented portrait painter

  • Ary Scheffer, Albertine de Staël, duchess de Broglie © Collection Château de Coppet

As drawing teacher to Louis-Philippe’s children he received many orders and honours.

He was involved in the design and decorating of the Historical Museum in Versailles.

After being much esteemed by the British Pre-Raphaelites, he sank into obscurity but nowadays is considered a major player in the Romantic movement.

His studio was in rue Chaptal in Paris and is now part of the Museum of Romantic Life.

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