Poitiers 1848 - Poitiers 1917
A pupil of Jean-Léon Gerôme, Jean Brunet was a painter of religious, mythological and historical subjects, whose work was described by the contemporary author Octave Uzanne as evocative of ‘an art of passion and truth, where pain is played out’1. He exhibited at the Salons from 1876 onwards, showing mainly portraits, religious and genre scenes, and was awarded several prizes. He exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, winning a silver medal, and also sent paintings to exhibitions in Chicago and Philadelphia. Among his public commissions was the decoration of the ceiling of the salle des fêtes of the Hôtel de Ville in the artist’s native Poitiers with a scene from local history. Brunet is also known to have provided illustrations for Le Figaro illustré.