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Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry


Zenobia discovered by the shepherds on the Banks of the Aras River

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Abduction of Psyche

Resting Diana


Venus playing with Love

Madame Louis Singer, née Thérèse Stern (1859-1935)

The penitent Magdalene

Diana Reposing

The wave and the pearl

The penitent Magdalene

Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

Young Saint John

The Toilet of Venus

The wave and the pearl

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Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry (7 November 1828 – 17 January 1886) was a French painter.


Baudry was born in 1828 in La Roche-sur-Yon in the Vendée. He studied art under Michel Martin Drolling and won the Prix de Rome in 1850 for his picture of Zenobia found on the banks of the Araxes.[1]

Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry

His talent from the first revealed itself as strictly academical, full of elegance and grace, but somewhat lacking originality. In the course of his residence in Italy Baudry derived strong inspiration from Italian art with the mannerism of Correggio, as was very evident in the two works he exhibited in the Salon of 1857, which were purchased for the Luxembourg: The Martyrdom of a Vestal Virgin and The Child.[1] His Leda, St John the Baptist, and a Portrait of Beul, exhibited at the same time, took a first prize that year. Throughout this early period Baudry commonly selected mythological or fanciful subjects, one of the most noteworthy being The Pearl and the Wave (1862). Once only did he attempt an historical picture, Charlotte Corday after the murder of Marat (1861); and returned by preference to the former class of subjects or to painting portraits of illustrious men of his day: Guizot, Charles Garnier, Edmond About.[1]
Charlotte Corday (1860). Under the Second Empire, Marat was seen as a revolutionary monster and Corday as a heroine of France, as indicated by her location in front of the map.

The works that crowned Baudry's reputation were his mural decorations, which show much imagination and a high artistic gift for color, as may be seen. in the frescoes in the Paris Court of Cassation. at the château of Chantilly, and some private residences the Hôtel Fould and Hôtel Paivabut, above all, in the decorations of the foyer of the Opera Garnier. These, more than thirty paintings in all, and among them compositions figurative of dancing and music, occupied the painter for ten years. Baudry was a member of the Académie des beaux-arts, succeeding Jean-Victor Schnetz.

Baudry died in Paris in 1886. Two of his colleagues, Paul Dubois and Marius Jean Mercié, co-operating with his brother, Baudry the architect, erected his funeral monument in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris (1890).[1]
Paul Baudry’s grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, 2005

The statue of Baudry at La Roche-sur-Yon (1897) is by Jean-Léon Gérôme.

Euterpe (détail) at the Grand foyer of the Opera Palais.

The wave and the pearl, c. 1862.

Zenobia Found.

See also

List of works by Paul Dubois (sculptor)
List of works by Antonin Mercié

References and sources


Chisholm 1911.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Baudry, Paul Jacques Aimé". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

H. Delaborde, Notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de Baudry (1886); Ch. Ephrussi, Baudry, sa vie et son oevre (1887). (H. FR.)

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