Jean-Baptiste Mauzaisse Biography

Jean-Baptiste Mauzaisse




Painter and lithographer Jean-Baptiste Mauzaisse was born on November 1, 1784 on Corbeil, France. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts beginning in 1803 under Francois Andre Vincent, and began exhibiting at the Paris Salon the following year, where he earned his first gold medal 1808 for his painting L'Arabe pleurant son coursier. He was among the artists selected to decorate the ceiliings of the Louvre during its construction, and he built a reputation as one of the early proponents of lithography as a fine art. 

Mauzaisse was known for his military and royalty portraiture, as well as his decorative frescoe painting. Among his larger commissions were paintings for cathedrals in Nantes and Bourges, and a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte done first in oils and then in a lithographic edition published by the Galerie du Palais Royal in 1825. He was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1823, and by the end of his career he was lauded for his delicate linework and deft tonality. He died in Paris on November 15, 1844.

Mauzaisse's work is held in the permanent collections of the Louvre; the Minneapolis Museum of Art; Museo del Prado; the Print Collection of the New York Public Library; the Museum of History, France; Yale University Art Gallery; Musee Carnavalet; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, among others.