Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864)
After a difficult start at his friend and teacher's Ingres' studio in Paris, Flandrin's career suddenly took off when he won the Prix de Rome in 1832. The latter allowed him to spend five years studying in Rome. It was during this time that he developed his clean-lined, neo-classicist style that is so strongly reminiscent of the British Pre-Raphaelites. The subjects he selected were also classical and often mythological. The famous painting of the seated, nude boy is exemplary in this respect.
As an established artist he primarily worked on ecclesiastical paintings and frescos.