Joseph Nicolas Robert-FLEURY - 1797 - 1890
Verso: A Couple Exciting San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
Recto: The Baptism of a Child
French School

Black chalk

28.4 X 38.0 cm

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Recto and verso: "Robert Fleury"

Férdinand Allègre (as per old mount)


Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury was born in Köln in 1797, and was a pupil of Vernet, Girodet and Gros. He was active at the Salon in Paris from 1824 to 1867 where he received medals for second place in 1824 and first place in 1834. In 1846 he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, officer in 1849 and member of the Institute in 1850. Robert-Fleury again received a medal of first class in 1855, became director of the “L’Ecole de France” in Rome in 1865 and in 1867 commander of the Legion of Honor. He was a member of a Romantic artistic group but always exhibited Classicism in his works. Robert-Fleury painted dramatical historical paintings, similar to those of Alexandre Dumas and Victor Séjour, and his works can be seen in the Tribunal of Commerce in Paris. He died in Paris in 1890.

The present drawing must be dated to his Italian period, the late 1850’s or early 1860’s.


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