Francesco Hayez Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
2-10-1791 Venice, ITA – 12-21-1882 Milan, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Francesco Hayez came from a poor Venetian family and from childhood he demonstrated an inclination for drawing. His mother sent him to live with her sister who was much better off financially and married to an art dealer. Recognizing his talent, when he was a young man they sent him off to study with the painter Francesco Maggiotto with whom he continued his studies for three years.
Later in 1806, he was admitted to the New Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied oil painting under Teodoro Matteini. In 1809 he won a painting competition at the Academy of Venice and received a one-year scholarship to study oil painting at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.
Francesco Hayez lived long and productive life. His output spanned both historic paintings and more appealing subjects that would have appealed to his patrons. One of his favorite themes was a semi-nude woman. Often they were, like his Odalisque, suggestive of oriental themes, which had been a favorite topic of Romantic painters. The depictions of harems and their women allowed them the ability to paint scenes not acceptable in their society.
Among Francesco Hayez best works are The Kiss and this painting has kept growing in esteem since then. Evaluation of Francesco Hayez career is complicated because he often did not date or sign his artwork.
Art Movement: Romanticism
Artists Influencing Hayez: Francesco Maggiotto, Teodoro Matteini
Painters Francesco Hayez Influenced: Angelo Pietrasanta, Carlo Belgioioso, Amanzio Cattaneo, Angelo Pietrasanta, Alessandro Focosi, Francesco Valaperta