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François-Joseph Navez was a pupil of Jacques-Louis David, he spent five years in Italy between 1817 and 1822. Between 1835 and 1862 he was the director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
He was a very successful portrait painter. He also painted many mythological and historic subjects.
The orientalist painter Jean-François Portaels was his pupil (and son-in-law).
Jean Carolus, the Belgian painter of genre scenes and interiors, was a protege of François-Joseph Navez.
- 1816 : Sainte Véronique de Milan, Art Museum, Ghent.
- 1816 : La Famille de Hemptinne, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium.
- 1819 : Scène de musique, Museum of Grenoble.
- 1821 : Scène de brigands, Private collection.
- 1829 : La Nymphe Salmacis et Hermaphrodite, Art Museum, Ghent.
- 1830 : Songe d'Athalie, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium.
- 1831 : Portrait d'un jeune homme songeur
- 1836 : Portrait de David, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
- 1844 : Notre-Dame des Affligés, Chiesa di S. Antonio, a Charleroi.
- Trois Dames de Gand, Louvre, Paris.
The Spinners of Fondi
- P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 488-489.
- P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 511, illustrations p. 421.