Théodore Chassériau

(St-Domingue 1819 – Paris 1856)

Chassériau is said to have reconciled in his work the opposing trends of his time: he reputedly combined the colour and expression of Delacroix and the line and construction of his teacher Ingres. Nevertheless, his entire oeuvre, in its strength and sensitivity, is highly personal to the point of influencing artists of the next generation such as Gustave Moreau and Puvis de Chavannes.