Charles Meynier France
11-24-1768 Paris, FRA - 9-6-1832 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
At a young age Charles Meynier was trained by Pierre-Philippe Choffard. As a student of François-André Vincent, Meynier won the second prize in the 1789 prix de Rome competition. He became a member of the Académie de France à Rome.
In 1793 he went back to Paris during the Reign of Terror and started to produce large Neo-classical works. In 1793 he entered a competition set by the Committee of Public Safety for the best work on a theme from the French Revolution. Taking the competition itself as his subject, Charles Meynier painted France Encouraging Science and the Arts. The painting won a prize, though not the first prize, which was won by François Gérard, and thereafter Meynier rapidly established a reputation. He made his début at the Salon in 1795.
Under the First Empire he received several public commissions for works celebrating Napoleon's victories. In 1806 he produced a series of drawings for bas-reliefs and sculptures to ornament the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris, the monumental entrance to the Tuileries that was built to celebrate Napoleon's victories of 1805. In 1808 Charles Meynier painted Marshal Ney and the Soldiers of the 76th Regiment Retrieving their Flags from the Arsenal of Inspruck, one of 18 works commissioned in 1806 to illustrate Napoleon's German campaign. The work, which depicts the retrieval in 1805 of three flags that had been lost in the campaign of 1800, was highly praised at the Salon of 1808.
In 1807 Charles Meynier was one of 26 artists who entered the competition to paint a scene from the recently fought Battle of Eylau. His Napoleon on the Battlefield of Eylau won one of the two honorable mentions, though the competition was won by Gros.
Art Movement: Neoclassicism
Influences: Pierre-Philippe Choffard
Influenced: James Pradier