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  • The Death of Marat | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    the incomparable subtlety of his rendering of light qualities that are less obvious in his large scale historical scenes The most noticeable aspect is the strange light coming from the left and shining on the dark wall like a theater spotlight It illuminates the body and casts admirable shadows on the skin highlighting the letter that Marat still holds in his hand as well as the wooden box used as a table for the inkwell and on the side of which is written A Marat David in the Brussels version and N ayant pu me corrompre ils m ont assassiné Unable to corrupt me they murdered me in the Paris version The artist Jacques Louis David born in Paris in 1748 is considered the great representative of the Neoclassical school which lauded the esthetic canons of Antiquity and perfection of execution At sixteen he entered the studio of the Rococo painter Joseph Marie Vien at the Académie Royale He narrowly failed three times to win the Prix de Rome after the third attempt in 1773 he tried to kill himself before winning it in 1774 He remained in Rome until 1780 returned to exhibit at the Salon du Palais du

    Original URL path: http://www.mheu.org/en/timeline/marat-dead-david.htm (2016-04-28)
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  • The Louvre façade seen from Rue Fromenteau | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    himself to engraving until his death in Belleville on September 22 1832 The term genre painter is an abbreviated form of peinture de genre vulgaire or mineur used to describe pictures showing scenes of daily life The crudest of these scenes of common fairs and bouts of drinking were nicknamed Bamboches literally scenes of partying The good Mr Debucourt however focused on street scenes reflecting the style of the Flemish

    Original URL path: http://www.mheu.org/en/timeline/facade-louvre-debucourt.htm (2016-04-28)
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  • Perspective of the town of Chaux | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    the work reveal a visionary approach to architecture showing very clean neo classical designs Ledoux s work was often described as architecture parlante speaking architecture reflected in his phallic plans for the Oikema brothel However many overlook the fact that Ledoux born in 1736 was first and foremost a successful architect After classical studies he led a brilliant career in the late 18th century in the service of a wealthy

    Original URL path: http://www.mheu.org/en/timeline/chaux.htm (2016-04-28)
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  • Excerpt from the Fourth Movement (Thunder - Storm) of the Sixth (Pastoral) Symphony | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    symphonies the last three movements follow one another without a break It is a passionate hymn to the countryside hence the descriptive pastoral In the fourth movement Beethoven literally describes a storm with cellos string basses and kettle drums representing the thunder violins raindrops and a piccolo the wind The artist Ludwig Van Beethoven a prolific composer of more than 340 works was born in Bonn in 1770 into a musical family of modest means His father an alcoholic brute realized young Ludwig s talent as a performer and tried unsuccessfully to have him exhibit as a young piano virtuoso following in the footsteps of Mozart Beethoven studied composition with Neefe Haydn and Salieri and began a career as an organist and pianist His encroaching deafness however which first appeared in 1798 forced him to give this up Beethoven then devoted himself entirely to composing moved by an exuberant inspiration and creativity lauded by his music loving contemporaries A pivotal composer in the transition between the Classical and Romantic styles he took music s evocative power to new heights by accentuating nuances to an extreme and showing the orchestra new subtleties Ill unhappy in love derided as a misanthrope because

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  • The Great Fire of Meireki | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    Urban Environment Friends of the mheu Back to the timeline Previous Next The book of Edo s fire fragment Tashiro Yukiharu 1814 Edo Tokyo Museum Japon Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture View this work in the exhibition Fire

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  • Beauty By the Lantern | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    dressed in a simple indoor kimono The two teacups the clothes hanging over the screen and the accessories dropped on the floor suggest that a client may be present but out of sight The artist Kusinada was born in the then Edo now known as Tokyo in 1786 Gifted at drawing he was quickly taken on at the workshop of a woodblock printer Woodblock art emerged in the 17th century

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  • Battle in Rue de Rohan, July 29, 1830 | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    about Hippolyte Lecomte 1781 1857 He was a respectable painter of historical scenes particularly those from the First Empire and the Napoleonic Wars He married Camille Vernet the sister of the painter Horace Vernet with whom he had a son Charles Emile Lecomte Vernet who also became a painter Orientalist Along with Auguste Garneray he designed costumes for the Opera ballets Battle in Rue de Rohan shows a scene from

    Original URL path: http://www.mheu.org/en/timeline/battle-rohan.htm (2016-04-28)
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  • Susanna and the Elders, Chaste Susanna | Musée historique de l'environnement urbain
    Delacroix has painted a shape vegetable or mineral that conjures up the curtain in a theatre In the St Denys work the curtain opened onto a weeping Virgin Mary her arms spread out like a cross Here it opens onto a scene describing an act of real aggression the elders are about to rape the woman The chaste Susanna appears to abandon herself as if she were dead as a result turning the elders into undertakers and the painting a peculiarity of its composition into a strange Deposition from the Cross The artist Born in Charenton le Pont in 1798 Eugène Delacroix is the French Romantic painter and one of the greatest artists of the 19th century He was the son of a politician a member of the National Assembly and later a prefect but a rumor circulated that he was in fact the natural son of Talleyrand who always looked after him He was a pupil of Guérin a good teacher but a mediocre neoclassical painter A great admirer of Rubens Velázquez and Veronese he very quickly gave priority to color and gave short shrift to drawing in contrast to his contemporary Jean Dominique Ingres the other artistic icon

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