Henri Lehmann  

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Henri Lehmann (1814 – 1882) was a French historical and portrait painter, born in Kiel, Schleswig. He was a pupil of his father, Leo Lehmann, and of Ingres in Paris, where he opened a studio in 1847, after having become naturalized. His brother Rudolf Lehmann was a well-known portrait artist.

He received many medals and was a member of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Sometimes considered dry and academic, the best of his work can be both pure in line and graceful in form. Among the best of his canvases are:

  • "Jephtha's Daughter" (1836)
  • "Grief of the Oceanides" (1850)
  • "Prometheus"
  • "Erigone's Dream"
  • "Venus Anadyomene"
  • "Adoration of Magi and Shepherds" (1855, Rheims Museum)
  • "Marriage of Tobias" (1866)

Mural paintings include those in the chapels of the church of St. Merry, on the ceiling of the Great Hall in the Palais de Justice, and in the Throne Hall, Luxembourg Palace. He painted many well-characterized portraits of celebrated contemporaries — Liszt, Ingres, and Edmond About, among others.

He died in Paris in 1882.

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