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 Merry-Joseph Blondel



Merry-Joseph Blondel        Pages: 1

(b Paris, 25 July 1781; d Paris, 12 June 1853).

French painter. After an apprenticeship at the Dihl et Guerhard porcelain factory in Paris, where he was taught by Etienne Leguay (1762–1846), Blondel moved to Jean-Baptiste Regnault’s atelier in 1802. He won the Prix de Rome in 1803 with Aeneas and Anchises (Paris, Ecole N. Sup. B.-A.) but did not go to Rome until 1809, when he stayed there for three years. After gaining a gold medal in the Salon of 1817 for the Death of Louis XII (Toulouse, Mus. Augustins), Blondel embarked on a wide-ranging and successful career as official decorative painter. In addition to the decoration of the Salon and of the Galerie de Diane at Fontainebleau (1822–8) and the ceiling of the Palais de la Bourse ( Justice Protecting Commerce, sketch, 1825; Dijon, Mus. Magnin), he received commissions for several ceilings in the Louvre, of which the earliest and most remarkable is in the vestibule to the Galerie d’Apollon (The Sun or the Fall of Icarus, exh. Salon, 1819; in situ). The ceiling painting in the Salle Henri II (the Dispute between Minerva and Neptune on the Subject of Athens, exh. Salon, 1822) was removed in 1938, while those in the Salles du Conseil d’Etat, France Victorious at Bouvines (1828) and France Receives the Constitutional Charter from Louis XVIII (1827), are still in place. These monumental allegorical compositions belong to the tradition of David, which by the 1820s had become academic, and display more learning than originality.


Portrait of Felicite-Louise-Julie-Constance de Durfort, Marechale de Beurnonville



Fall of Icarus



The Death of Hyacinthus



Portrait of a Woman seated beneath a Tree



Portrait of a Man



La Dispute de Minerve et de Neptune au sujet d'Athenes



La France au milieu des rois legislateurs et des jurisconsultes francais,
recoit de Louis XVIII la Charte constitutionnelle



L'Air. Eole dechainant les vents contre la flotte troyenne



Family Portrait



La Mort de Louis XII surnomme le Pere du peuple



Ptolemais given to Philip Augustus



Napoleon I



Zenobie trouvee par des bergers sur les bords de l’Araxe




Hecuba and Polyxena



Lycurgue, legislateur de Sparte



Diane au bain, surprise par Acteon, le change en cerf



Diane chasse de sa presence la nymphe Callisto



Diane entrainee par l'Amour aupres d'Endymion endormi



Latone fuyant les persecutions de Junon emporte ses enfants Apollon et Diane



Niobe, ayant renverse les autels de Diane, est punie par Diane et Apollon



France victorieuse



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