Ary Scheffer

Ary Scheffer
15.02.1795 (Dordrecht, The Netherlands) - 15.06.1858 (Argenteuil, France)

Nationality: Dutch


Ary Scheffer was a Dutch-French painter, illustrator, lithographer, etcher and sculptor. He was one of the most famous, highest paid, most requested and most reproduced painters of his time. Throughout his life he lived and worked in various locations in the Netherlands and France. Scheffer was an accomplished portrait painter. Around 500 portraits, often representing high society, are by his hand. He painted many celebrities and politicians from his day, including the composers Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, The Marquis de la Fayette, Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Alphonse de Lamartine and Queen Marie Amélie. From about 1830 Scheffer also attracted attention with his paintings of religious and literary subjects. He loved depicting the work of writers like Dante, Byron and Goethe. Two versions of Dante and Beatrice have been preserved, one at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, United Kingdom, and one in the Boston, U.S.A, Museum of Fine Arts. One of his most famous pieces that received wide critical acclaim was his Francesca da Rimini, painted in 1836. He also painted a series of Goethe-inspired paintings that were at the time very well received, they included Margaret at her Wheel, Faust Doubting, Margaret at the Sabbat, Margaret Leaving Church, The Garden’s Walk and Margaret at the Well. In 1836, Scheffer painted two pictures of Goethe’s character Mignon.  

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