François Topino-Lebrun
(French, 1764 - 1801)
This person is associated with: Neoclassicism

French neoclassic painter from Marseilles.

Topino-Lebrun was one of the numerous students of David between 1787 and 1793. At this time he became a member of the jury of the Revolutionary Court, judging the enemies of the State.

As with many painters of the time, Topino-Lebrun was deeply involved in politics. After the fall of Robespierre (July 1794), the French Republic turned conservative. A plot was set to re-establish a radical regime by 'Gracchus' Babeuf, whose nickname shows both his fascination with Antiquity and his political thought (the Gracchi brothers were radical reformers at the end of the Roman Republic). Topino-Lebrun was a member of this 'Conspiracy of the Equals' which was discovered and crushed. Babeuf tried to commit suicide during his trial and Topino-Lebrun made the Death of Caius Gracchus in reference of this event.

In 1799 he painted his most famous work, The Siege of Sparta, which was another reference to the current political situation, calling to resist the rise of Bonaparte. Topino-Lebrun was arrested after an imaginary plot designed by Bonaparte to get rid of the radical republicans. He was sentenced to death in 1801 despite the testimony of David.

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Name:François Topino-Lebrun
Dates:1764 - 1801
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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille(France - Marseille)2 artworks
Musée de la Revolution Francaise(France - Vizille)1 artworks
Musée Magnin(France - Dijon)1 artworks

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This person died over 70 years ago (in 1801).

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