Born on the island of Santo Domingo, Théodore
- 1856) arrived in Paris at the age of three, and soon became something
of a meteor on the Parisian art scene: he entered Ingres's atelier at the age of 12, and the École des Beaux-Arts three years
talent led him to exhibiting in the Salon
de 1836, and, three years later, in the Salon de 1839, his renowned Vénus Anadyomène (considered to be
one of his chefs d'œuvre), of which we show his lithograph here.
printmaking was limited to 26 works, including a series of fine
lithographs for Othello, but
he died very young... as Théophile Gautier wrote in his funeral oration:
Chassériau est mort
à 37 ans, comme Raphaël, dans la plénitude de la vie et du talent... Il
savait et pouvait.
Parti d'Ingres, ayant traversé Delacroix comme pour colorer son dessin si pur, il était depuis longtemps lui-même un maître.
[Venus rising from the Sea]