François Gérard (1770–1837), later Baron Gérard

baron Antoine Jean Gros French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 634

Gros and Gérard were favored students in the rough-and-tumble fraternity that was Jacques Louis David’s studio, where intense friendships and rivalries abounded and the groundwork for many trends in nineteenth-century art was laid. Gros probably made this sensitive, delicate portrait in Paris before his friend Gérard departed to study in Rome in 1790. Its lively surface texture and intimacy are shared with Gros’s smaller, contemporary Self-Portrait. Despite a subsequent rift in their friendship, Gérard kept his portrait for the rest of his life.

François Gérard (1770–1837), later Baron Gérard, baron Antoine Jean Gros (French, Paris 1771–1835 Meudon), Oil on canvas

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