Portrait of Jean-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne

early 1790s

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

Jean–Baptiste Greuze captures the subject of this portrait, a stern man who would help make history, with gripping psychological penetration. Jean–Nicolas Billaud–Varenne was an ardent republican during the early stages of the French Revolution and he was later an active participant in the Terror, the Revolution's most violent phase. Greuze's portrait catches the moral earnestness of the time and suggests Billaud–Varenne's profound commitment to the political ideals of France's First Republic.


  • Title: Portrait of Jean-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne
  • Date Created: early 1790s
  • Physical Dimensions: Panel dimensions: 23 7/8 × 19 3/4 in. (60.64 × 50.17 cm) Framed dimensions: 32 × 28 3/8 × 4 in. (81.28 × 72.07 × 10.16 cm)
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3046691/
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift
  • Artist Nationality: French
  • Artist: Jean-Baptiste Greuze

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