Léon Cogniet  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Léon Cogniet (august 29 1794november 20 1880) was a French painter.

Cogniet was born in Paris. In 1812, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Pierre-Narcisse Guérin at the same time as Delacroix and Géricault. He was a resident at the Villa Medici, in Rome, from 1817 to 1822.

A romantic painter, his main subjects were history and portraits, and in 1817 he won the Prix de Rome.

He died in Paris in 1880.

Selected works

  • La Garde nationale de Paris part pour l’armée, Septembre 1792 (The Paris National Guard on its way to the Army, September 1792)
  • Tintoret painting his Dead Daughter
  • Scenes of July 1830


Among his numerous students were:

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