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Ernst Meisonner
19th c. Early Modern Painter, printmaker, sculptor
French, (1815–1891)
b. Feb. 21, 1815 in Lyon, France; d. Jan. 31, 1891 in Paris, France.
Immensely successful artist; specialized in detailled historical paintings and historical genre (especially scenes from the Napoleonic campaigns). From the 1840's he received the highest official honors, including the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor. It has been said that he was conceited and mean-spirited; he is known to have made Courbet his enemy. Most of his works are now in the Museum d'Orsay, Paris.
Bénézit; Encyc. World Art; Fogg Museum Lib. cat.; Hamilton, "Art & Architecture of Russia"; Larousse grand encyc.; Getty Photo Study (ptgs); RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker.


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