Picot, Francois Edouard

Picot, Francois Edouard a French painter, was born at Paris in 1786. He was a disciple of Vincent, and in 1811 obtained the second grand prize for paintings in France from the Academy. After studying for some time at Rome, he was intrusted with the execution of a picture representing The Death of Sapphira (1819) for the church of St. Sveerin. In the same year he exIlibited the tableau of Amor and Psyche, the figures of which, expressive of graceful naivete, obtained great favor, and which was bought by the duke of Orleans. M. Picot was rewarded at that exhibition by a first-class medal. After this auspicious beginning he executed freely and successfully. Among his works are Raphael and the Fornarina; The Deliverance of St. Peter; The Annunciation; two ceilings in the Louvre, in the Musee des Antiques. Picot had a share in the work of restoration of the paintings of the Fontainebleau palace. He executed The Crowning of the Virgin (Notre Dame de Loretto); the paintings of the ship and choir of St. Vincent de Paul, with M. Flandrin; and some picttires in the church of St. Clotilde. M. Picot was received a member of the Academie des Beaux Arts in 1836, in the place of Charles Vernet. He was created an officer of the Legion of Honor in 1832. He died in 1870. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 40:86.

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