Hendrik Scheffer (The Hague, 25 September 1798 – Paris, 15 March 1862) was a Dutch painter in the Romantic tradition who lived in France for most of his life. In France he is usually known as Henri Scheffer.
Hendrik Scheffer (photo by Pierre Petit)
|Died||15 March 1862 (aged 63)|
Scheffer was the younger brother of painter Ary Scheffer, son of Johann Baptist and Cornelia Scheffer and grandson of Arie Lamme. When his father died in 1809, his mother first moved to Brussels and in 1811 to Paris.
Scheffers, like his brother Ary, was a pupil of Pierre-Narcisse Guérin.
His work was much sought after in his lifetime. He mainly painted genre pieces and portraits which were finely crafted. His work was exhibited at the Salon from 1824 onwards and was heavily criticised by Charles Baudelaire and Théophile Gautier.
- Louis-Joseph de Vendôme (now in the musée de Vendôme)
- François Arago, the basis for the well known engraving by Alexandre Vincent Sixdeniers
- Armand Carrel
- Casimir Delavigne (now in musée national du château et des Trianons, in the Palace of Versailles)
- Ernest Renan (now in the Musée de la Vie Romantique)
- Augustin Thierry
Selected other works:
- An Inundation in Rome
- Joan of Arc entering Orléans (now in Versailles)
- Hermann and Dorothea
- Madame Roland
- Preaching after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
- The Battle of Cassel (now in Versailles)
- The dream of Charles IX in the night of St. Bartholomew, based on the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre
His work has been copied many times in engravings.
The Dordrechts Museum has a section dedicated to the work of the Scheffers (mainly his brother Ary).
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes studied with him for a time.
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