François-Marius Granet

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1775 - 1849

Born in Aix-en-Provence, François-Marius Granet studied in the 1790s with Jean-Antoine Constantin and Jacques-Louis David, before travelling briefly to Rome in 1802. He returned to Italy and spent a further 21 years there as a member of a community of French artists, which included Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, François-Xavier Fabre, Pierre-Athanase Chauvin (1774-1832) and Nicolas-Didier Boguet (1755-1839). He was famous for his paintings of church and convent interiors.

Portrait of François-Marius Granet
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, ‘Portrait of Granet’, Musée Granet, Aix en Provence
© RMN, Paris / Agence Bulloz 

In 1824 Granet went back France to become a curator at the Louvre. He was later director of the Museum of French History at Versailles, a post he kept until the Revolution of 1848. He bequeathed to the town of Aix his own collection, which is now housed in the Musée Granet.

Related paintings

View of the Falls at Tivoli
Probably by François-Marius Granet
about 1808-10
View of the Falls at Tivoli