Joseph-Marie Vien was a painter of some renown. The last person to be named Peintre du Roi, whilst the Revolution may have ended this particular office, it did little to blemish Vien's record even though it did much to damage his finances!
After training in Italy and winning a stable of illustrious patrons, Vien returned to France and acclaim, welcomed to the Bourbon court where he enjoyed enormous favour. Indeed, though the Revolution cut something of a dash through his achievements, the patronage of a certain gentleman named Napoleon saw him restored to prominence and, at his death, he was laid to rest in the Panthéon, his place in history assured.
|Sultane Reine, 1748|
|L'Amour fuyant l'esclavage, 1789|
|The Oath of Catiline|
|Sweet Melancholy, 1756|
|Study of the Head of an Old Bearded Man|
|La Sultan Noir, 1748|
|Saint Louis, roi de France, remettant la regence a sa mere Blanche de Castille|