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Alexandre-Marie Colin

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Presumably a self-portrait of Colin
Presumably a self-portrait of Colin
Photograph of Colin at a later age
Photograph of Colin at a later age

Alexandre-Marie Colin (1798-1875) was a French painter of historical and genre subjects.


Colin was born in Paris in 1798. He was a pupil of Girodet and close friend of Eugène Delacroix, Achille Devéria, and others.[1] He and Delacroix shared a studio during the 1820s and even lithographed each other’s works. [2]His religious and historical paintings are characterised by a style based on a careful study of the old masters, while his genre pieces are vigorous and lifelike. Among the latter may be noticed his French Fish-Market (1832) in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and his Gipsies Resting. Among the former may be named Christopher Columbus, Flight into Egypt, and Assumption of the Virgin. He also illustrated scenes for literary works, such as Shakespeare's Othello and Macbeth.[3] Colin had four children with two wives: Anaïs, Héloïse, Laure, Isabelle, and Paul, all of whom followed in his footsteps as painters.[1] He gradually modified his style during his long career, making it acceptable to salon juries who rejected several early works from the 1820s because of the very painterly qualities we admire today. [4]

He died in 1875.


  1. ^ a b Steele, Valerie (2017). Paris Fashion: A Cultural History. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 94–98. ISBN 978-1-4742-6970-4.
  2. ^ "Alexandre Marie Colin Biography – Alexandre Marie Colin on artnet". Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  3. ^ Frangoulis, George (2014). SHAKESPEARE ILLUSTRATED. USA: The Farmstead Press. ISBN 978-1-312-71493-9.
  4. ^ "Alexandre Marie Colin Biography – Alexandre Marie Colin on artnet". Retrieved 2020-07-10.

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Colin, Alexandre Marie". In Graves, Robert Edmund (ed.). Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.

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