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"Prudhon: Napoleon's Draftsman" - in London

Until November 15, an exhibition of drawings by Pierre-Paul Pryudon, one of the best French draftsmen, takes place in London’s Dalidge Gallery. The artist who painted the ceiling of the Saint-Cloud Palace and enjoyed the respect of Napoleon himself and both his wives is less known today than during his lifetime. But this master, who anticipated romanticism. Romanticism replaced the strict classicism in painting and brought a new baggage: experiences, excitement, paint, and special expressiveness. Often, the style of romanticism is confused with "romantic" images in painting and pastoral scenes. But the focus of attention of creators of all genres of the late XVIII - early XIX century. from music to painting - a person with all the experiences and rich inner world. Read further against the backdrop of reigning neo-classicism - deserves more!The French painter and graphic artist Pierre-Paul Prudon was very successful and influential in life, and it is really strange why now his name is far from being heard. No work of the artist can be found in the French National Gallery. True, in the Louvre dwells "Portrait Portrait - a realistic genre, depicting the actual person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further Empress Josephine "... Other Prudhon's canvases - in London, Amsterdam, Petersburg (" Innocence, preferring Love to Wealth ", Hermitage), London, Philadelphia ... But Pierre-Paul Prudond is the court painter of Napoleon, who painted the most famous portrait Portret - a realistic genre depicting an existing person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Josephine. Marie-Louise of Austria, Napoleon's second wife, did not stand out and also ordered pictures from Prudhon.Portrait of Empress Josephine Pierre-Paul Prudon-1805, 179 × 244 cm Pierre Prudhon changed his name to Pierre-Paul, because it seemed to him more aristocratic. The new name is a tribute to Peter Paul Rubens. True, the painting did not fascinate Prudona as much as his hero. Today we know Prudona primarily as a great draftsman.Due to the exact shading, Pryudon’s drawings look very volumetric, “sculptural”. There is an explanation for this: Pierre is the son of a stonecutter (the ninth son, to be exact). In addition, the great influence of the sculptor Edme Bouchardon on young Prudhon when he was studying at Dijon Art School is well known. After the School of Art was the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris and the study of classical painting and sculpture in Rome (Prudhon won the "Roman Prize" in 1784, so he went to study in Rome and was able to travel across the Apennines).Plot 59Pierre-Paul PrudonPlot 3Pierre-Paul PrudhonPlot 65Pierre-Paul PrudhonNude turned her back Pierre-Paul Prudond Successfully underscore the realistic sketches of Prudona and the materials he used: blue and yellowish paper, pencil, chalk. A bold, almost revolutionary, combination of pencil and chalk strokes creates an incredible effect: the pictures seem to glow, we see the glare of light on the depicted figures, which seem to even “shake” slightly - they are alive! Many of the works presented at the exhibition were made by Prudhon as exercises during training; some subsequently received life in the painter's paintings.Plot 24Pierre-Paul PrudhonThe exposition "Prudhon: Napoleon's Draftsman" - until November 15 in the Dalidge Gallery (London).