Francois Dumont Painter Of Portrait Miniatures.
François Dumont (7 January 1751 – 27 August 1831) was a French painter of portrait miniatures.
Dumont was born at Lunéville (Meurthe) and was left an orphan when still a young boy, with five brothers as well as sisters to support. He was for a time a student under Jean Girardet, and then, upon the recommendation of a Lunville Academician, Madame Coster, he set up a studio for himself.
In 1784 he went to Rome, returning after four years of careful study, and in 1788 was accepted as an Academician and granted an apartment in the Louvre. He married Marie-Nicole, the daughter of Antoine Vestier, the miniature painter. They had two sons, Aristide and Bias, both of whom became painters.
Dumont was in fact one of the three greatest miniature painters of France, painting portraits of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVIII, and Charles X, as well as of nearly all the most important people of his day. His own portrait was engraved both by Francis Audouin and by Jean-Charles Tardieu.
He resided the greater part of his life in Paris, and there he died. The younger brother, Tony Dumont, has also been a miniature painter, a pupil of his sibling, a repeated exhibitor. he also received a medal coming from the Academy in 1810.
Each artist signed with the surname only, and there is some controversy concerning the attribution to each artist of his own work. Tony was an expert violinist and delighted in painting portraits of persons who were playing upon the violin.
A lot of Dumont's greatest works of artwork obtained in the selection of J. P. Morgan, nonetheless others happen to be in the Louvre, provided by the heir of Prejudice Dumont.
The work of both painters is definitely identified by breadth, accuracy, and precision along with an enchanting framework of color. The incomplete works of his older brother are amongst the most wonderful miniatures ever created.
Francois Dumont's artwork has been presented at auction many times, along with got selling prices that range from $443 USD to $123,965 USD, depending on the size and medium of the art. Since 1998 the record price for this artist at auction is $123,965 USD for Pierre Simon Benjamin Duvivier (1730-1819), engraver, making a medallion, sold Christie's London in 2018.
The artist died in 1831.