Pierre Désiré GUILLEMET (1827-1878) ✿

Pierre-Désiré Guillemet (1827-1878) was a French history painter. He is primarily known for the Orientalist works he painted during the thirteen years he lived in Istanbul. He was a student at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon from 1844 to 1847, followed by studies in Paris with Hippolyte Flandrin.

From 1857 to 1863, he regularly exhibited historical scenes and portraits at all the Parisian salons. Until 1869, he made numerous copies of portraits of Napoléon III and the Empress Eugénie for use in various government buildings throughout France.
In 1860, together with Étienne-Antoine-Eugène Ronjat has created a full size copy of The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault. It was ordered by Émilien de Nieuwerkerke, Manager of the Louvre, to be loaned for exhibitions, as the original had deteriorated to the point where it was too delicate to move.

Pierre Desire Guillemet (1827-1878)in 1873, he came to paint a portrait of Sultan Abdülaziz. 

He not only painted the Sultan’s portrait but also his son’s (Yusuf İzzeddin Efendi) and those of the women in the Harem of the Dolmabahçe Palace. However, even though court life had become more Westernised after the move to the new palace, men were still not allowed inside the Harem quarters.

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