Charles Percier

Charles Percier ( born August 22, 1764 in Paris, † September 5, 1838 ) was a French architect and interior decorators. In collaboration with his fellow student Pierre -François- Léonard Fontaine, he worked for Joséphine de Beauharnais and Napoléon Bonaparte. Together, the two architects were commissioned to rebuild and furnish the castle Malmaison during the Consulate and the First Empire with the construction of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris. Percier the Empire style, one created under Napoléon form of classicism is attributable to its main representatives it counts.


Perciers training at the Ecole Gratuite de Dessin Royal in Paris in the years 1773-1779 was the first leg of his artistic career, during which he ascended I. and relevant decorator of the Empire to the architects of the Emperor Napoleon. Founded The training at this in 1766 by the painter Jean -Jacques Bachelier ( 1724-1806 ) school drew on the classic repertoire of the Italian High Renaissance, Mannerism and the style of Louis XIV. This Perciers two-dimensional linear drawing style was formed during the required form in the classroom studies sharpened his eye for detail.

From 1779 studied at the Académie royale Percier d'architecture in Paris. His teachers were Antoine -François Peyre Peyre le jeune (1739-1823) and Professor J.-D. Le Roy ( 1724-1803 ). At the same time, he worked for PA Pâris (1745-1819), perfect for one of the best architectural draftsman of his time Darstellungsechnik.

In 1786 he was awarded by the Académie awarded the Prix de Rome, which was associated with a longer period of study in Rome. There Percier led from 1786 to 1791 at the Académie de France à Rome, which began methodological elaboration of the design vocabulary of late Roman architecture and Renaissance continued. Here he developed his later work the formative eclectic composition process. The studies Perciers in Rome are dominated by the confrontation with the Late Classic architectural sculpture and ornamentation.


Architecture and decor ( with Fontaine ):



Together with Fontaine published writings: