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GABRIEL FRANCOIS DOYEN (1726-1806)

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 461 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GABRIEL FRANCOIS DOYEN (1726-1806)  , French painter, was born at Paris in 1726 . His passion for
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art prevailed over his
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father's wish, and he became in his twelfth
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year a pupil of Vanloo . Making rapid progress, he obtained at twenty the
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Grand Prix, and in 1748 set out for Rome . He studied the
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works of Annibale Caracci,
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Cortona, Giulio Romano and Michelangelo, then visited Naples, Venice, Bologna and other
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Italian cities, and in 1755 returned to Paris . At first unappreciated and disparaged, he resolved by one grand effort to conquer a reputation, and in 1758 he exhibited his "
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Death of Virginia." It was completely successful, and procured him
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admission to the Academy . Among his greatest works are reckoned the " Miracle
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des Ardents," painted for the church of St Genevieve at St Roch (1773) ; the" Triumph of
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Thetis," for the
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chapel of the Invalides; and the " Death of St Louis," for the chapel of the Military School . In 1776 he was appointed professor at the Academy of
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Painting . Soon after the beginning of the Revolution he accepted the invitation of Catherine II. and settled at St
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Petersburg, where he was loaded with honours and rewards . He died thereon the 5th of
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June ,8o6 .

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