Portrait of a Man

baron Antoine Jean Gros French

Not on view

Baron Gros was a highly successful student of Neoclassical painter Jacques Louis David (French, 1748– 1825). Gros received many commissions for large history paintings during the Napoleonic period, but eventually relied on portraiture to support himself. This signed pair of half-length portraits (see also 2014.271.2) offer few clues as to the sitters’ identities. Presumably a husband and wife, they sit in simple chairs against an unadorned background. Their frank and intimate expressions alone carry the force of expression.

Portrait of a Man, baron Antoine Jean Gros (French, Paris 1771–1835 Meudon), Black chalk with stumping

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