A friend of Gustave Moreau, member of the Institut de France, teacher at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and officer of the Legion of Honour, Delaunay, like Paul Baudry, also turned out to be a gifted official artist, displaying a subtle touch both as a portraitist and a history painter in the classical tradition of Ingres and such Seicento Italians as the Carracci and Pietro da Cortona.
In the course of his career he achieved recognition in Nantes, Rome and Paris, and spent time with the most respected artists of his period, many of whom he had first met in Rome: Edgar Degas, Henri Chapu, Jean-Jacques Henner, Gustave Bourgerel, Alexandre Falguière, Paul Dubois and most of all his lifelong friend Gustave Moreau, who was also the executor of his will.
Dying young in 1891, he left an oeuvre that was at once sensitive, demanding and erudite.
- Self-portrait with a Cap
- c. 1855
- Oil on canvas
- 35 x 27 cm
- Bonnat Donation, 1912