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Louis Gauffier


Cleopatra and Octavian

Odysseus recognises Achilles amongst the daughters of Lycomedes

Rest of the Holy Family in Egypt

Pygmalion and Galatea

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Louis Gauffier (1762 – 1801) was a French painter. Born in Poitiers, he studied in Paris with history painter Hugues Taraval before entering the Prix de Rome competition; this he won in 1784, and apart from a brief return to Paris in 1789 he would remain in Italy for the remainder of his life. Gauffier initially settled in Rome, but popular unrest following the execution of Louis XVI led him to flee with his wife to Florence. He could not receive patronage from France because he was branded a royalist, and this curtailed his career as a history painter. Instead he painted landscapes, which he would sell to English tourists. When French troops occupied Florence in 1799, he began to paint officers' portraits. Gauffier died in Florence in 1801.


* Philip Conisbee, Sarah Faunce, and Jeremy Strick. In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting. New Haven; Yale University Press, 1996.

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