François Flameng France

12-6-1856 Paris, FRA -2-28-1923 Paris, FRA

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Flameng, François

A son to the famous engraver Leopold Fameng, François Flameng studied with Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre Hedouin and J.P.Laurens at the Fine-Art Academy in Paris. François Flameng a painter of history, genre scenes and landscapes, as well as a draftstman and an engraver, in 1873, he started exhibiting at the Paris Salon. He received a second class medal and a first prize in 1879. In 1889, he was awarded a Grand Prix at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. In 1905, he was named Professor at the Beaux-Arts Academy.
 
In 1882, his friend, the American John Singer Sargent painted his portrait, sitting together with the artist Paul Helleu. Highly appreciated by the public and art critics, he painted the portraits of many important and influential people.
 
He was commissioned by the State to paint history scenes for official buildings. With a fine sensitivity, he represents the lightness of being of playful characters entertaining themselves with music, reading or poetry in a bourgeois environment.
In 1914, he was among the first artists to be engaged in the army as an official painter. At war, he did a lot of studies and sketches that he would later use for his paintings.
 
François Flameng later received renown for his painting of World War I. He was named honorary president of the Society of Military Painters and an accredited documenter for the War Ministry. His work was displayed in the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, as well as being reproduced in newsmagazines. Although his paintings seem romantic to eyes which have seen photographs of genocide, at the time they were painted, François Flameng's war paintings were derided by many critics for being too realistic and not including heroic drama. Most of his war paintings were donated to the Musée de l'Armée in 1920.
 
Art Movement: Academic
Influences: Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre Hedouin, J.P. Laurens
Influenced: Paul-Émile Bécat
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