Pierre Paul Prud'hon Biography

Painter (1758–1823)
French Romantic painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon is best known for his soft forms and gentle light in his allegorical paintings and portraits.


French painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon had a career that spanned over 40 years and was a master in the female form, yet his reputation is limited. He was greatly influenced by Correggio's soft forms and gentle light. He gained the favor of Napoleon and painted both of his wives. He is probably most famous for his painting Crucifixion which now hangs in the Louvre.

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