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Francois Joseph Heim

Feb - 26 - 2013

Battle of Rocroi, 1834

French historical painter, born  near Belfort, 16 December 1787, died in Paris, 29 September 1865.He was born at Belfort. He early distinguished himself at the École Centrale of Strassburg, and in 1803 entered the studio of Vincent at Paris. This clever painter commenced work when eight years old, and gained the first prize for drawing in Strasburg before he was eleven. He was a pupil of Vincent in 1803, his people having sent him to Paris to receive the best instruction they could afford. In 1807 he obtained the first prize, and in 1812 his picture of “The Arrival of Jacob in Mesapotomia” (His work is protected Bordeaux Musée des Beaux-Arts)  won for him a gold medal of the first class, which he again obtained in 1817, when he exhibited, together with other works, a St John — bought by Vivant Denon. On his return to Paris he carried off the gold medal at the Academy, became a full member in 1829, and a professor in 1831. He was appointed painter to the Institute of France, and exhibited over sixty portraits of members, the drawings for which are now in the Louvre. His historical and religious paintings were very attractive. The best of them, representing Jacob in Mesopotamia, was executed in 1814, and is now to be seen at Bordeaux.  Two of the ceilings in the Louvre, and three of the ceilings in the Senate house in Paris are his work, and his pictures are also to be found at Versailles and Strasburg.

In 1819 the “Resurrection of Lazarus” (His work is protected Cathedral Autun), the “Martyrdom of St Cyr” (St Gervais), and two scenes from the life of Vespasian (The painting ordered by the king) attracted attention. In 1823 the “Re-erection of the Royal Tombs at St Denis,” the “Martyrdom of St Laurence” (Nôtre Dame) and several full-length portraits increased the painter’s popularity; and in 1824, when he exhibited his great canvas, the “Massacre of the Jews” (The piece is in the Louvre Museum), Heim was rewarded with the Legion of Honour.

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