Paul Jacques Aime Baudry

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Paul Jacques Aime Baudry

French Academic Classical painter

Born 1828 - Died 1886

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BAUDRY, PAUL JACQUES AIME (1828-1886), French painter, was born at La Roche-sur-Yonne (Vende). He studied under Drolling, a sound but second-rate artist, and carried off the Prix de Rome in 1850 by his picture of Zenobia found on the banks of the Araxes. [...] In the course of his residence in Italy Baudry derived strong inspiration from Italian art with the mannerism of Correggio, as was very evident in the two works he exhibited in the Salon of 1857, which were purchased for the Luxembourg: The Martyrdom of a Vestal Virgin and The Child. His Leda, St John the Baptist, and a Portrait of Beul, exhibited at the same time, took a first prize that year. Throughout this early period Baudry commonly selected mythological or fanciful subjects, one of the most noteworthy being The Pearl and the Wave. Once only did he attempt an historical picture, Charlotte Corday after the murder of Marat (1861); and returned by preference to the former class of subjects or to painting portraits of illustrious men of his day: Guizot, Charles Garnier, Edmond About. The works that crowned Baudry's reputation were his mural decorations, which show much imagination and a high artistic gift for color, as may be seen in the frescoes in the Paris Cour de Cassation, at the château of Chantilly, and some private residences, the hotel Fould and hôtel Paivabut, above all, in the decorations of the foyer of the Paris opera house. These, more than thirty paintings in all, and among them compositions figurative of dancing and music, occupied the painter for ten years. Baudry died in Paris in 1886. He was a member of the Institut de France, succeeding Jean Victor Schnetz. Two of his colleagues, Dubois and Marius-Jean Mercié, co-operating with his brother, Baudry the architect, erected a monument to him in Paris (1890). The statue of Baudry at La Roche-sur-Yonne (1897) is by Gérôme.

See H. Delaborde, Notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de Baudry (1886); Ch. Ephrussi, Baudry, sa vie et son oeuvre (1887). (H. FR.)

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.


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[To Meyer]

My dear Friend Meyer,

I listened yesterday
to the fragment of
Figaro with pure bliss.
It is high and powerful.
The applauses
made a big turmoil
and mine were like a small
drop of water into the ocean....
Ah, if you had read Krauss!
       With my affectionate
       wishes, I thank you without delay
for the pleasure you gave me.

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

Paul Jacques Aime Baudry

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

Added on 13 February, 2010