Marc Louis Arlaud

Marc Louis Arlaud

(1772 - 1845)

Place of Birth: Orbe, Switzerland
Place of Death: Lausanne


When very young, Marc-Louis Arlaud was sent to Yverdon where he earned a living making pastel or crayon portraits. his savings enabled him to study in Geneva in the studios of his cousins Jérémie and Louis-Ami Arlaud.

Later he travelled to Paris to work with the miniaturist Antoine-Louis Romanet. from 1796 he was listed as a pupil of David. he was also befriended by Mme Condorcet. He was exiled by Napolean. In 1822 he became the director of the Ecole de dessin at Lausanne, and in 1841 he founded the museé Arlaud.


Portrait of the Arlaud family, seated at a table in an enclosed garden, a vineyard beyond. Oil on Canvas


L'Espace Arlaud


From Wikipedia, translated by Google.

Marc-Louis is the son of Theodore and Suzanne Tallichet. It follows the school Orbe and Yverdon. His artistic training is first carried out with his cousins ​​Louis Ami Arlaud miniature-Jurine Arlaud and Jeremiah in Geneva. Then he went to Paris in 1797 where he worked in the workshop of miniaturist Antoine Louis Romanet before following the teachings of Jacques-Louis David, in 1799.

He became citizen of Orb in 1802, along with his father.

He was expelled from France in 1811 for crimes of opinion on the regime of Napoleon and returned to Lausanne. He opened a studio and taught drawing. On May 18, 1821, the Grand Council adopts a decree of the State Council and a school of design is created in Lausanne. In 1822, the Academy of Lausanne invites applications for the position of Director of the new school. Arlaud is appointed and takes office December 10, 1822. He held this position until his death.

Desiring to see established in Lausanne a museum of fine arts, he donated 34,000 francs for this purpose to the city. In exchange, he asks that he be paid pension until his death. His offer was accepted in June 1834. The museum, directed by Louis Wenger (1809-1861) and inaugurated on January 1, 18411 takes its name. Arlaud is appointed curator and lead until 1844, enriching the museum's collection, which then had the bequest made by Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros in 1816, of his own works and paintings from his collection. It provides more works by contemporary artists.

The illness forced him to stay in bed at the end of 1844 and died on 1 May 1845 in Lausanne, in his apartment in the Rue de la Tour No. 8 (now rue Neuve 8). He is buried in the cemetery of the Pontaise. He bequeathed to the government Vaud 2500 francs to be used to purchase a table that will be commissioned from the painter [Charles] Gleyre, currently in Paris. This table will reproduce one of the most salient features and characteristics of the history of Major Davel and the attempt he made to the liberation of the Pays de Vaud. This oil on canvas, representing Davel to the scaffold, completed in 1850, was destroyed in 1980 during a fire.

The work of the Museum's Arlaud transferred in 1904 at the Palais de Rumine. The museum takes the name of the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne. The Museum building has Arlaud, since April 1997, new exhibition space that can relieve the museum of fine arts and science museums and history who hold regular exhibitions.



Article 'Arlaud, Marc-Louis' dans le Dictionnaire Historique de la Suisse.

26/09/1772 in Orbe, décès 05.01.1845 in Lausanne, prot., Geneva, Orbe (1802). Son of Theodore, owner, and Suzanne Tallichet, negotiating. Single. A. formed with his cousins ​​A. in Geneva and then in 1799 with Jacques-Louis David in Paris. Definitely established in Lausanne in 1811, he opened a workshop where he taught drawing. Director from 1822 to district school design (opened in 1823). In 1834 he donated 34,000 francs to build a building to house a museum of fine arts and to provide more tailored to local schools (funded also by the city and the canton). The museum that bears his name, was opened in 1841, he directed until 1844. In his work, A. especially distinguished himself as a portraitist. Freemason.


Paintings by Marc-Louis Arlaud


Portrait d'André Poupart de Neuflize + Portrait de sa femme, née Marie Bechet; pair


Pierre-Jean-Georges Cabanis (1757-1808)

This is an article written by  Françoise Jaunin of the Swiss newspaper 24Heures ( 24 Hours).