By the time Sargent painted Francois Flameng (1856-1923) with his friend Paul Helleu behind, he was an already accomplished French painter. Francois was known for his genre, scene, and portrait paintings, and later known also for his powerful illustrations of the Great War.
Leopold was an engraver and so he became exposed to art at a very young
age. Francois studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the atelier of
Cabanel. His first submission to the Paris Salon was in 1875 (at the
of 19) with the painting "le Lutrin" (a church musical stand
a singer). Shortly after he was drafted into the army which briefly
his career. This later served him well for his empathy of the solder
WWI when he became an official war artist for France.
He later became a professor at the academy of Fine Arts and honorary president of the (french) Society of Military Painters.
ExhibitionsJohn Singer Sargent, An Exhibition -- Whitney Museum, NY & The Art Institute of Chicago 1986-1987
The Girondins were moderate revolutionaries during the newly formed Legislative Assembly (1791), but they were ousted by the more radical Jacobins in 1793. Many of the Girondins were executed.
Philip Gilbert Hamerton "Types Of Contemporary Painting. VII. The French In Holland," July, 1894, Scribner's magazine. / Volume 16, Issue 1, pp. 63-68