Jean-Baptiste Frenet

Title: Study in Rome


As a young man Frenet entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon; in 1834 he went to Paris where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts and trained in the atelier of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), French Neoclassical painter. When Ingres took up his post as the French Academy in Rome, Frenet followed. After his return to France in 1837 he worked for some time in Paris; then settled outside of Lyon where he undertook regional commissions. Frenet, a committed Republican, became politically active in the revolution of 1848.  Provenance: Atelier of the Artist

About Ingres: Although he considered himself a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres' portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy. A man profoundly respectful of the past, he assumed the role of a guardian of academic orthodoxy against the ascendant Romantic style represented by his nemesis Eugène Delacroix. His exemplars, he once explained, were "the great masters which flourished in that century of glorious memory when Raphael set the eternal and incontestable bounds of the sublime in art ... I am thus a conservator of good doctrine, and not an innovator." Nevertheless, modern opinion has tended to regard Ingres and the other Neoclassicists of his era as embodying the Romantic spirit of his time, while his expressive distortions of form and space make him an important precursor of modern art. Ingres's style was formed early in life and changed comparatively little.

Year: c. 1839
Medium: Red chalk drawing
Image size: 25 x 15 
Signature: Annotation On Front: Official studio stamp JB Frenet