Jean-Victor Schnetz

Jean -Victor Schnetz (* April 14, 1787 in Versailles, † March 15, 1870 in Paris) was a highly respected in his time French academic painter.


Schnetz met in Paris under Jacques -Louis David. 1837 Schnetz was admitted to the Académie des Beaux -Arts. In 1841, he was the successor of Ingres director of the French Academy ( Académie de France) to Rome. He initially served until 1846, then again from 1853 to 1866 this place.


His first major painting was The Good Samaritan (1819, Valence Cathedral ), the Jeremiah, crying on the ruins of Jerusalem, followed. In Italy Schnetz painted admirable genre pictures from the life of the people. Less important are some historical paintings, such as the statue of Jeanne d' Arc (1835 ), that the Constable of Montmorency in the battle of St -Denis ( 1836), the Mazarin on his death bed ( in Luxembourg) and the large oil painting in the hall of the prefecture, which is the fight before the Hôtel de Ville on 28 July 1830. The best historical image of the artist is the hl. Genoveva in the church of Notre- Dame-de- Bonne -Nouvelle.

Paintings of Schnetz found, inter alia in the Louvre in Paris, the Petit Palais in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

On the art market works by Schnetz in recent years to achieve good auction results. Thus came for the 2,000, - € estimated painting " Jeune Paysanne napolitaine écoutant le petit berger jouer du fifre " at an auction in Beaune in March, 2005, the surcharge until 17.000, - €. Even Auctions in 2007 services for oil paintings of Schnetz revenues in the five -figure range.


  • Laurence Chesneau - Dupin ( ed. ), Jean -Victor Schnetz, 1787-1870. Couleurs d'Italie, Editions Cahiers du Temps ( in French language )
  • French Painter
  • Born in 1787
  • Died in 1870
  • Man