Girodet-Trioson, Anne-Louis (än-lwē zhērôdāˈ-trēôzôNˈ) [key], 1767–1824, French painter. Originally named Girodet de Roussy or Roucy, he was a student of J.-L. David, and his classical training was sometimes at variance with his often eccentrically romantic expression. He won the Prix de Rome and while in Italy painted the Sleep of Endymion (1791; Louvre), a sensual and erotically ambiguous work that brought him widespread recognition. His Deluge (Louvre) demonstrates Girodet's interest in unusual color and lighting problems. Much of his work, including a series for Malmaison (Napoleon's residence), glorifies Napoleon. His The Burial of Atala (1808; Louvre) was inspired by Chateaubriand.
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