|Dates||1771 - 1835|
Antoine-Jean Gros's parents were
Between 1804 and 1808 he labored on three heroic paintings featuring Napoleon. They caused a sensation, and Gros became France's most honored painter. Gros's vibrant use of color was much admired: "You are not sufficiently concerned with color, my dear sirs," he told his pupils. "Yes, it's color which gives poetry, life and charm-no painting can come to life without it."
After the Battle of Waterloo and David's exile, Gros worked for the new king and took over David's large studio, which became Paris's mecca for advanced painting. Although Gros inspired Théodore Géricault and Eugène Delacroix with his dramatic subject matter, bold technique, and use of color, he shifted his style toward a more restrained