Theodore Chasseriau

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Théodore Chassériau (Saint-Domingue, 1819 - Paris, 1856) was a French Romantic and history painter. At 12, he was allowed to become a student of Jean Ingres; later he switched to the Romantic school of Eugene Delacroix. Chasseriau first exhibited at the French Salon in 1836. Among his chief works are Andromeda Chained to the Rock by the Nereids (1840), The Toilette of Esther (Esther se parant pour être présentée au roi Assuérus) (1841), Othello and Desdemona in Venice 1850 and The Ghost of Banquo 1854. He died at the age of 37.

He tried everything that was expected of a great painter in his day-an abundance of glamorous portrait paintings and drawings, large-scale ecclesiastic commissions, Orientalist exotica derived from his travels in North Africa and ill-fated attempts at history painting-yet in almost nothing that his facile talents produced at breakneck speed did Chassériau achieve the greatness he aspired to.

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