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Leon 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. In 1817 he won the Prix de Rome and was a resident at the Villa Medici from 1817 to 1822.
His first picture of note was Marius Among the Ruins of Carthage (1824). He decorated several ceilings in the Louvre and the Halle de Godiaque in the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, and a chapel in the church of Madeleine.
At first he painted in classical style, but later adopted the methods of the Romanticists.
He died in Paris in 1880.
La Garde nationale de Paris part pour l’armée, Septembre 1792 (The Paris National Guard on its way to the Army, September 1792); Tintoretto painting his Dead Daughter; Scenes of July 1830
Maréchal Maison, Louis Philippe, M. de Crillon
Pierre Auguste Cot
Charles Olivier De Penne
Jules Joseph Lefebvre
Evariste Vital Luminais
Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta
Anna Lea Merritt
Charles Louis Lucien Muller
Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux
Dominique Louis Papety
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