Jean Hippolyte Flandrin France
3-23-1809 Lyons, FRA – 3-21-1864 Rome, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
From an early age, Jean Hippolyte Flandrin showed interest in the arts and a career as a painter. However, his parents pressured him to become a businessman, and having very little training, he was forced to instead become a miniature painter.
Jean Hippolyte Flandrin and Paul spent some time at Lyon, saving to leave for Paris in 1829 and study under Louis Hersent. Eventually, they settled in the studio of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, who became not only their instructor but their friend for life. At first, Hippolyte struggled as a poor artist. However, in 1832, he won the Prix de Rome for his painting Recognition of Theseus by his Father. This prestigious art scholarship meant that he was no longer limited by his poverty.
The Prix de Rome allowed him to study for five years in Rome. While there, he created several paintings, increasing his celebrity both in France and Italy. His Young Man Naked Sitting By The Sea painted in Rome in 1836 is one of his most famous works.
Upon his return to Paris in 1856, Jean Hippolyte Flandrin received a commission from the chapel of St John in the church of St Séverin. As a result, his reputation became even more impressive, virtually guaranteeing him continuous employment for the rest of his life.
In addition to these works, Jean Hippolyte Flandrin also painted a great number of portraits. However, he is much more known today for his monumental decorative paintings. The most notable of these are found in the following locations: St Germain des Prés at Paris, the church of St Paul at Nîmes, St Vincent de Paul in Paris and in the church of St-Martin-d'Ainay at Lyon.
Influences: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Influenced: Émile Hirsch, Louis Lamothe, James Tissot