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Ducis Jean-Louis
(17751847)

Jean-Louis Ducis, French painter. About 1795 he entered the studio of Jacques-Louis David, where he was a member of the group of artists from southern France known as the parti aristocratique (Pierre Révoil, Fleury Richard, comte Auguste de Forbin, and François-Marius Granet), who were among the first to paint small-scale pictures of French history. Ducis remained a friend of Granet throughout his life. He exhibited regularly in the Salon between 1804 and 1838, winning a medal for history painting in 1808. He rapidly acquired a considerable reputation with scenes of sentimental mythology such as Orpheus and Eurydice (1808), in part due to his links with the poet Jean-François Ducis (his uncle) and with his brother-in-law, the actor François Joseph Talma. Ducis exhibited Talmas Débuts at the Salon of 1831. Josephine and her daughter Hortense were among his patrons; at Malmaison the Empress owned four portraits by Ducis of children, probably the two youngest sons of Hortense and the elder daughters of her son, Eugène Beauharnais. For Napoléon Ducis executed a stiff composition, halfway between a group portrait and a history painting, Napoléon et sa Famille à Saint-Cloud (1810). In 1811 he stayed in Naples, where he painted portraits of the royal family.


Ajman, 1971, Napoleon as an Uncle

Dubai, 1970, Napoleon as Uncle

Gabon, 1969, Napoleon as an uncle

Korea Nord, 1984, Louis XVIII

Sharjah, 1972, Napoleon as an Uncle. Memory of Malmaison

St. Helena Island, 2001, Napoleon with his nerhews

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