|The Siege of Paris, 1870s, Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier|
|Portrait of a Sergeant, 1874, |
|Les Oliviers to Antibes, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, |
watercolor and graphite with gouache highlights
|Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier|
|At the Relay Station, Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier|
|Mounted Cavalier, |
|Diderot's Library, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier|
|Barricades in June, 1848, |
|The Battle of Solferino, ca, 1960, Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier|
|The Lovers of Painting, 1872, |
During the reign of Napoleon III, Meissonier's history paintings and military portraits came to be admired by the French court, which sometimes purchased them as gifts to foreign governments, which in turn, purchased more of his work to add to their collections. (The 19th-century was a great time to be a painter.) As Meissonier hit his stride as an artist, he was submitting works to the Salon competition at the rate of a half-dozen a year (nine, in 1857 alone). The Emperor Napoleon III like Meissonier's work so much he was commissioned to paint battle scenes for the next upcoming war (1861) with the Habsburgs in northern Italy. It was a little outside his expertise, but Meissonier rose to the challenge, his work matching expectations to the point he also began turning out paintings and portraits of the earlier Napoleon.
|Napoleon and his Staff, 1868, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier|
|The Traveler, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier,|
painted bronze sculpture.
|Street Scene Near Athens, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier|
|How to sell a painting in the 1850s.|
The artist depicted in The Sign Painter is obviously not a self-portrait.