• My Account
  • About
  • Contact Us
  • Donate
  • Keep in Touch
  • 0

Today's Hours: 12PM – 5PM

  • Tickets
  • Membership
  • Directions
  • Exhibitions
  • Calendar
  • Visitor Info
  • Contact Us
    Advanced Search
    Back to Collection
    View Larger

    Artist Name:

    Anne-Louis De Roussy Girodet-Trioson

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    French, 1767–1824


    The Funeral of Atala


    ca. 1811


    Oil on canvas


    35 x 46 3/8 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Forward Arts Foundation

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 204
    Girodet, a star pupil of Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, won the Prix de Rome in 1789 and returned to Paris in 1795, thus avoiding the turmoil of the French Revolution. This painting is based on Chateaubriand’s popular novel Atala, which recounts the tragic love story of Atala and Chactas. The lovers flee and seek refuge in a cave. Fearing that she is on the verge of breaking the vow of chastity she made to her dying mother, Atala poisons herself. An early example of French Romanticism, the entombment scene portrays the profound grief of the anguished Chactas as he holds his dead beloved. Girodet’s idealized handling of the human figure recalls the technique of his teacher David.
    • Conversations With A Curator: European Art Episode 5

      Get an inside look at pieces in the High's European Art Collection. Personal insights are from David Brenneman, the High's former Curator of European Art.
      Watch the Video Now

    Reproduction of digital images, including downloading, is governed by copyright laws and international conventions. Please contact the Images and Rights Coordinator for information concerning permissions or to request digital photography of works in the High's collection.

    Please Note: Not all permanent collection works are currently on view. Please contact the Museum concerning the on view status for a specific work if required.

    Nope ×
    Close ×
    Close ×
    Answer one question. Improve our website.

    Today, I’m visiting the High's website:

    Done. Thank you!

    What is this?

    We’re always looking for ways to improve our site, so we want to know why you’re here and how we can help you find the information you need. For specific questions or comments about our website or this survey, please contact us. Thanks for your help!