Antoine-Jean, Baron Gros

Antoine-Jean, Baron Gros
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Antoine-Jean, Baron Gros became David’s pupil at the age of fourteen. Portraits, rather than classical subjects, became his trademark. His immensely successful career benefited from David’s departure for exile in Brussels: already sought after during the empire, during the Bourbon restoration (1815–1830) Gros in essence replaced David as the most successful portrait painter in France. The posthumous portrait of Lieutenant Legrand was executed a year after the death of its subject, a young officer who perished in Madrid in 1809. Here, Gros not only alludes to David’s great equestrian portraits (including that of Bonaparte crossing the Alps) but also to those of Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, whom Gros much admired.

- J. Patrice Marandel. (2006)