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Jacques Sablet


Sablet Painting - Elegante Listening To A Guitar Player In A Park In Rome by Jacques Sablet

Elegante Listening To A Guitar Player In A Park In Rome

Roman Elegy

Portrait of the painter Conrad Gessner in the Roman countryside

Helen Saved by Venus from the Wrath of Aeneas

Roman Campagna

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of Letizia Bonaparte

Portrait of Eleonora Chigi, Princess of Teano

Portrait of Count and Countess of La Roche-Saint-André and their daughter

The Temple of the Liberal Arts, with the City of Bern and Minerva

The Death Of Pallas


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Jacques-Henri Sablet (1749-1803) was a French painter, part of a family of artists of Swiss origin. Son of a decorator and gilder from Lausanne, he studied with his father before moving to Paris in 1772; there he worked with Joseph-Marie Vien for three years. When in 1775 Vien was named director of the French Academy in Rome, Sablet accompanied him there. His ambition was to be a history painter, but facing competition from Jacques-Louis David and Pierre Peyron, among others, and lacking solid academic training, he could win no commissions. Instead he turned to portraiture , genre painting, and landscape painting. Most of his genre scenes depicted the city's everyday life and customs of the Campagna.

Sablet shared a studio with history painter Hubert Drouais and was friends with Simon Denis. He fled to Florence in 1793 with the rise of anti-French sentiment in the Papal States, but perhaps because of the competition he would face there from Louis Gauffier he soon returned to Paris. He accompanied Lucien Bonaparte when the latter was named ambassador to Madrid in 1800, serving as an adviser on his art collection.


Philip Conisbee, Sarah Faunce, and Jeremy Strick. In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting. New Haven; Yale University Press, 1996.
Jacques Sablet on Artnet
Sablet, Jacques in the SIKART dictionary and database

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