Portrait of François Bouchot (1800-1842) [Part II]

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191a 41 Bouchot print

Portrait of François Bouchot (1800-1842) [Part II]


François Bouchot (Paris 29 Nov 1800 – Paris 7 Feb 1842), late Neo-Classical and Romantic painter and engraver, initially followed in his father’s footsteps and, from the age of 12, apprenticed in engraving at the studio of Théodore Richomme. He later decided to pursue artistic career, and studied under Jean-Baptiste Regnault and Guillaume Lethière.

During his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, he obtained numerous prizes for figure drawings (1821); prix de torse (1822); prix de tête d’expression (1823); and in 1823 he won the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome. After a seven-year-sojourn in Italy, success and recognition followed upon his return to Paris, with the artist receiving the Legion d’Honneur in 1835.

Today, Bouchot is best known for his large-scale tableaux on mythological and religious subject matter, historical scenes from the reign and campaigns of Napoleon I, and his portraits of celebrated opera singers of the day, including Maria Malibran; Julia Grisi; and Luigi Lablache, who later became his father-in-law.

His works are to be found in the collections of the Louvre and Versailles; Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris; municipal museums of Lille and Chartres; Royal Academy of Music in London, and other public and private collections.

François Bouchot married Francesca Lablache (1816-1895), who counted Stendhal and Henri Lehmann among her admirers. After Bouchot’s death, she married the composer Sigismund Thalberg.


© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.

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