Jean Jacques Baptiste Brunet (French, 1850 – 1920)

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Jean Jacques Baptiste Brunet was active/lived in France. Jean Brunet is known for figure, genre painting. Framed Size: 29 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

A pupil of Jean-Léon Gerôme, Jean Brunet was a painter of religious, mythological and historical subjects, whose work was described by the contemporary author Octave Uzanne as evocative of ‘an art of passion and truth, where pain is played out’1. He exhibited at the Salons from 1876 onwards, showing mainly portraits, religious and genre scenes, and was awarded several prizes. He exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, winning a silver medal, and also sent paintings to exhibitions in Chicago and Philadelphia. Among his public commissions was the decoration of the ceiling of the salle des fêtes of the Hôtel de Ville in the artist’s native Poitiers with a scene from local history. Brunet is also known to have provided illustrations for Le Figaro illustré.

According to G. Schurr, he looked at mythology, religion and history to arrive at the realistic and “lived” anecdote as indicated by the titles of his paintings: “The story of the wrecked”, “The prayer of widows “. His main works are: “Caron passing the shadows” (1879, honorable mention, museum of Poitiers), “The Gibets of Golgotha” (1883, museum of Poitiers), “The Last cry of the Christ” (1893, museum of Annecy ), “The Triumph of Duguesclin” (Ceiling of the Festival Hall of the City Hall of Poitiers), “The Prayer of the Widows” (1895), “Tales of grandmother”, as well as portraits.