CHAUVIN Pierre-Athanase (b. 1774, Paris, 1832, Roma) Nationality : French
French painter. He was a pupil of Pierre Henri de Valenciennes in Paris; although a painter of classical landscapes, he did not inherit his master's aspirations to history painting. Chauvin's major debt to Valenciennes is his mastery of light and atmospheric recession. His first known work, the Banks of the Anio, near Rome (1807; Boulogne-Billancourt, Bibliotheque Marmottan), executed three years after he settled permanently in Rome, indicates that he did learn from direct observation of nature. The picture also displays Chauvin's picturesque form of Neo-classicism which proved to be extremely popular.