Girodet and His Students

Alexandre-Marie Colin French
Sitter Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson French

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Many of Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson’s students took up the new medium of lithography, employing it to further their teacher’s reputation by reproducing his work. Colin’s homage to Girodet conveys the male-dominated space of the studio. Although many of the artists depicted have been identified, their names are unfamiliar to us today as few achieved great distinction. Colin presents himself in the front row. The lithographic lines comprising his portrait appear darker than the rest, particularly next to the faintly sketched peer immediately to the right. Colin did find success, primarily as a portrait painter. He won multiple medals at the Paris Salons and later became professor of drawing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes.

Girodet and His Students, Alexandre-Marie Colin (French, Paris 1798–1875 Paris), Lithograph on chine collé

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