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Joseph Chinard (Lyon, 1756 –Lyon, 1813)

After completing his apprenticeship in Blaise’s studio, Joseph Chinard traveled to Rome, where in 1786 he won a prize inaugurated by the pope on the subject of Perseus Saving Andromeda. He entered the Salon for the first time in 1798, submitting Child Escaping from a Shipwreck. His reputation grew quickly, and he became a professor at the École de Lyon, a corresponding member of the Institut.Throughout his entire career, Joseph Chinard demonstrated a preference for portraiture, either in the form of busts or medallions. He participated in numerous decorative projects in homage to Bonaparte, and was also commissioned by Charles Delacroix for his artistic projects, first for the city of Marseille, then the city of Bordeaux.

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