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Hippolyte de la Charlerie (1827–1869) was a Belgian painter and illustrator.

De la Charlerie was born in Mons. He studied art at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (1843–51) and with Théodore Baron. He was a cofounder of the Atelier Saint-Luc at Brussels, but spent much of his time in Paris, where he established himself as an illustrator for collectors' editions of books.[1] Among his engravings are scenes of the French Revolution, which he also created for La Révolution Française (1862) by M.J.G.D Armengaud.[2]

He is also noted for a painting of the 17th-century composer and musician Jean-Baptiste Lully which was well received at the Salon of Paris in 1869. Lully is shown as a boy of around twelve years old playing his violin in the kitchen of the Duchesse de Montpensier, his patroness.[3]

In 1868, de la Charlerie was one of the founding members of the avant-gardist Société Libre des Beaux-Arts, but died only a year later in Ixelles, a fashionable suburb of Brussels favored by artists. When some of his smaller canvases were part of a retrospective exhibition of Belgian art in 1905, Octave Maus writing in L'Art Moderne praised him among unjustly neglected painters whose works evidenced freshness and sincerity, the latter quality being one of the Société's ideals.[4] His portraits have been described as having an "austere simplicity," using dark and chilly tonalities that emphasize the model's immobility.[5]


Arto Dictionnaire, "de la Charlerie, Hippolyte," biographical entry.
Examples at Antique French Engravings and Paris en Images. See also Hubertus Kohle, Arts et société: Essais sur l'art français (1734–1889) (BoD, 2009), p. 201 online; Madeleine Rebérioux, "L'iconographie des Histoires de la Révolution française au XIXe siècle esquisse d'une problématique," in Usages de l'image au XIXe siècle (Éditions Créaphis, 1992), p. 18 online; and Arto.
Luna May Ennis, Music in Art (Boston, 1903), p. 85 online.
Octave Maus, "Exposition rétrospective de l'Art belge" review in L'Art moderne 25 (1905), p. 238 online.

"De la Charlerie, Hippolyte," in Dictionnaire des peintres belges


P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 184.


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