Andromache and Astyanax

Artist: Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)

Artist: completed by Charles Pompée Le Boulanger de Boisfrémont (French, Rouen 1773–1838 Paris)

Date: ?1813–17; 1823–24?

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 52 x 67 1/8 in. (132.1 x 170.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900

Accession Number: 25.110.14


Prud'hon—one of the principal representatives of Neoclassicism—was working on this picture in 1814 and planned to sell it to the former Empress of France, Marie-Louise. The subject is from the great seventeenth-century French tragedian Racine. Andromache, shown with her attendant Cephise and her child's nurse, has rejected Pyrrhus, whose father, Achilles, had killed her husband Hector. She embraces her son, in whom she sees Hector's features. Pyrrhus is accompanied by his tutor, Phoenix.

Left incomplete, the picture was finished after Prud'hon's death by a little known friend and pupil, Charles Pompée Le Boulanger de Boisfrémont (1773–1838).