Ange Louis JANET-LANGE
(Paris, 1811 – Paris, 1872)
The Amazon, Portrait of Madame de C…
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated ‘1846’ lower left
81 x 65 cm
Exhibition: 1846, Salon of Paris under the number 979
JANET-LANGE entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1833 where he was a pupil of Ingres, Horace Vernet and Collin. He began in the Salon of 1836 and sending 1859 was rewarded of a medal.
He painted hunting subjects, episodes of the Crimean War, Italy and Mexico. In 1846 he was commissioned by the Marshal Soult to paint a series of military uniforms.
He worked well in L’Illustration, in Journal Amusant and in Tour du Monde. He produced a number of lithographs, including several pieces of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, working with Horace Vernet on drawings to illustrate The Napoleon’s History.
Under the Second Empire, he becomes one of the official painters of the imperial time, with prestigious commissions such as France illuminating the World actually presented in Carnavalet Museum under the title The Republic. Many of his works disappeared in the fire of the Tuileries. However, we can admire from him, at the Compiegne Museum, Napoleon III hunting pheasant, or on deposit at military club in Rennes Napoleon III at Solferino, 24 June 24 1859, which was acquired by the Emperor after being exposed to the Salon of 1861.
Ange-Louis Janet is also illustrated in the painting of history: his imposing Nero in the circus games of 4 by 6 meters (1855) has so marked the collective imagination that we find it reconstructed almost at the same 104 years later in Ben-Hur by William WYLER.
Museums : Paris (Carnavalet), Ajaccio, Carpentras, Chambéry, Epinal, Rochefort, Tours…