Gravin de Pagès, née de Cornellan, as St. Catherine (1820-1850)
Joseph-Désiré Court (1797-1865). Romanticism. Portrait. Oil on canvas. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Court, a painter of historical subjects and portraits, was a pupil at the École des Beaux-Arts under Gros. There were high expectations when he exhibited in 1827 ‘The Death of Caesar,’ a work manifesting earnest thought, and a conscientious handling of the facts of history. This is now preserved in the Louvre. Having shown himself in this and other works a vigorous painter, capable of seizing a subject with a masterly grasp, Court eventually dissipated his talents in the production of a series of empty official pictures painted by order of Louis Philippe.