Jean Charles Joseph RÉMOND 1795-1875



Jean-Charles-Joseph Rémond, son of a famous printer of engravings, was a remarkable painter and lithographer. He studied at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts; where he received the prestigious teachings of painters of the calibre of Jean-Baptiste Regnault (1754-1829) and Jean-VitorBertin (1767-1842). From 1814 onwards, Rémond began to expose at the Parisian Salon his historical and en plein air landscapes.

In 1821, he won the second edition of the Prix de Rome for the “historical landscape”section with the painting ‘The Rape of Persiphone by Pluto’ and thus had the opportunity to live in Rome for four years, at the Villa Medici, often visiting Naples and the Salerno area – especially between 1822 and 1823. At the 1824 edition of the Salon he sent his View of Amalfi from the Gulf of Salerno from Rome, and in 1827, he returned to France and presented his piece entitled: View of an Iron Foundry in Amalfi, Kingdom of Naples.

The time spent in Italy provided Rémond enough material for two lithographic collections: the Vues d’Italie (1827/1828) and the Souvenirs de Naples des sinés d’aprés nature (1831).

The Campania landscape served as a background also for his paintings with religious subjects, such as the Archangel Michael Defeating the Devil (Paris, Church of Saint Sulpice), exposed at the Salon in 1827. In this painting it is possible to observe the Natural Arch of Capri and all of the rocky background that seems inspired by the island’s physiognomy.

 In 1842, he returned once again to Italy, specifically in Sicily, stopping in Rome on the way back. In 1844 he exposed “Italian” paintings for the last time, and in 1849 he stopped participating at official exhibitions.

He obtained numerous recognitions during his lifetime, among which the Legion of Honor in 1854. One of his pupils was the renowned Pierre Etienne Théodore Rousseau, one of the most prominent artists of 19th century – founder of the Barbizonniers School.