Eugène Giraud

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Eugène Giraud (born August 9, 1806 in Paris , † December 28, 1881 there ) was a French painter and engraver , caricaturist , lithographer and set designer .


Giraud was a pupil of the engraver Théodore Richomme and the painter Louis Hersent and received the Grand Prix de Rome in 1826 for an engraving , but later seems to have practiced this art little.

After his return from Italy , in 1846, on the occasion of the wedding of the Duke of Montpensier to the Infanta of Spain, he went on a trip to Madrid with the writer Adolphe Desbarolles . There the two artists met Alexandre Dumas the Elder and Dumas' son , with whom they continued the journey via Cadiz to North Africa. The travel experiences inspired Giraud to create numerous scenes, including folk life, but also to the illustrations of the description of the journey published by Alexandre Dumas the Elder after his return under the title De Paris à Cadix or Impressions de voyage (Ed.Somogy, 1847 Paris) .

Both King Louis Philippe and Emperor Napoléon III. benefited Giraud with orders for the galleries of the Musée Historique in the Palace of Versailles (see work). He gave drawing lessons to Napoléon's I niece Mathilde Bonaparte .

Eugène Giraud died in Paris in 1881 at the age of 75.

His younger brother and student Sébastien Charles Giraud (born June 18, 1819 in Paris, † September 30, 1892 in Sannois), who initially devoted himself to historical objects, was a genre and interior painter.

Eugène Giraud: Gustave Flaubert , around 1856

Works (selection)

The Goya Museum in Castres ( Tarn Department ) acquired sixty-four drawings by Giraud with scenes from his trip to Spain in 1996. Further works by the artist and their locations are:

  • 1836: Thibault V, called the Good, Duke of Blois and of Chartres (1240-1270) , oil on canvas, 73 × 57 cm, Versailles , Musée national du château de Versailles et des Trianons, commissioned by Louis Philippe for the Musée historique de Versailles
  • 1852: Dance in a posada in Granada 153 × 220 cm, Soissons , Musée des beaux-arts
  • 1855: The trip to Spain , 195 × 145 cm, Villers-Cotterêts , Musée Alexandre Dumas. The painting, a second version of which is in the Musée Carnavalet in Paris , shows from left to right: Eugène Giraud, the painter Louis Boulanger , the writer Adolphe Desbarolles, Auguste Maquet and Alexandre Dumas the Younger.
  • 1856: Armand-Joseph Bruant, Admiral of France (1796-1855) , oil on canvas, 215 × 140 cm, Versailles, Musée du château de Versailles et des Trianons, commissioned by Napoléon III. for the Musée historique Versailles
  • 1856: Fernand-Alphonse Hamlin, Admiral of France (1796-1864) , oil on canvas, 215 × 140 cm, Versailles, Mussée du château de Versailles et des Trianons, commissioned by Napoléon III. for the Musée historique Versailles
  • around 1856: Gustave Flaubert , oil on canvas, 55 cm × 45 cm, Versailles, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
  • 1861: Henry IV. In the tower of Saint-Germain-des-Prés , oil on canvas, 270 × 195 cm, Pau , Musée du château de Pau, commissioned by Napoléon III. for the imperial private apartments
  • 1861: Portrait of Princess Mathilde Napoléon , pastel, 131 × 98.5 cm, Compiègne , Musée national du château
  • 1866: Dancing girl in Cairo
  • 1869: The Death of the Matador or The Devisa , 115 × 11.5 cm, Fontainebleau , Fontainebleau Castle (on loan from the Musée du Louvre ). The painting shows a fatally wounded matador receiving the sacraments in a chapel, who offers his lover the ribbon of Devisa that has been removed from the bull.
  • 1871: An old Venetian woman , oil on canvas, 56 × 46.5 cm, Dijon , Musée Magnin
  • 1873: departure for Condé's army
  • 1874: Jeweler in the harem
  • 1875: The book antiquarian
  • 1876: The flower market under the directorate
  • 1877: The return from the tavern
  • ???: Portrait of Alexandre Dumas the Elder , Pastel drawing, Villers-Cotterêts, Musée Alexandre Dumas

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