PAUL BAUDRY 1/3 – He was born in 1828 in the Vendée. His painter’s talent, from the first revealed itself as strictly academical, full of elegance and grace. In the course of his residence in Italy, he derived strong inspiration from Italian art (with the mannerism of Correggio). He remain an important portrait artist, who did not limit himself to a unique formula.
PAUL BAUDRY 2/3 – He possessed a vast pictorial culture and found his inspiration in XVIth century Italian painting. He commonly loved select mythological or fanciful subjects (one of the most noteworthy being “The Pearl and the Wave”). Once only did he attempt an historical picture, Charlotte Corday after the murder of Marat, returned by preference to painting portraits of illustrious men of his days.
PAUL BAUDRY 3/3 – During the Salon de 1863, two nudes attracted attention: his “The Pearl and the Wave” (today held at the Prado), and “The Birth of Venus” (by Alexandre Cabanel, today held at the Musee d’Orsay). Napoleon III gave him the home decor of the Opera, which he worked ten years. In 1854, he painted the Hôtel Fould, the Hôtel Matignon in 1863 and later the Hôtel Pava. In Paris it is waiting for you (at Père Lachaise, 4th Division), and his monument was designed by his brother Ambroise.
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