16 facts about Simon Denis

Simon-Joseph-Alexandre-Clément Denis (14 April 1755, in Antwerp – 1 January 1813, in Naples) was a Belgian painter swift primarily in Italy.

Denis first studied in his native city of Antwerp, with the landscape and animal painter H.-J. Antonissen. The function of Balthasar Paul Ommeganck afterward influenced his style.

He moved to Paris in the 1780s, and soon gained the patronage of genre painter and art dealer Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun [fr], whose retain allowed him to move to Rome in 1786. His paintings there attracted favorable attention, and in 1787 he married a local woman. He remained near to the Flemish community in Rome, and in 1789 was elected to head the Foundation St.-Julien-des-Flamands. He as well as developed ties within the French artistic community; Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun stayed following him for some days in 1789 and that thesame year he and she traveled subsequent to François-Guillaume Ménageot to visit Tivoli. François Marius Granet sought his advice subsequent to he arrived in Rome in 1802.

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In 1803, he was elected to the Accademia di San Luca; in 1806 he decided for good in Naples, becoming court painter to Joseph Bonaparte. Denis died in 1813.

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