One of David's
students, Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson displayed a new emotional element akin to the troubled Romanticism
of the novelist Chateaubriand
let his literary interest take full reign in the composition of Ossian Receiving the Generals of Napoleon at the Palace of Odin
(1801), painted for Napoleon's
residence, Malmaison. He soon
turned to a popular novel by Chateaubriand Atala
published in 1801 for the literary subject of his Entombment of Atala
. Girodet's unusual talent, given to cavernous gloom
and spectral forms
, was well suited to illustrating Chateaubriand. Girodet-Trioson won the Prix de Rome
(1789) for his Joseph Recognized by His Brothers,
which was influenced by the cold, sober Neoclassicism
of his teacher, Jacques Louis David
While in Italy he painted the Sleeping Endymion,
), which brought him recognition.
His Deluge (Louvre) demonstrates his interest in unusual color and lighting problems. Much of his work, including a series for Malmaison, glorifies Napoleon. His classical training was sometimes at variance with his romantic expression.
Upon inheriting a large fortune (1812), Girodet-Trioson ceased painting, shuttered himself from daylight, and wrote poetry, adjudged unreadable, on aesthetics.
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