Léon Mathieu Cochereau
Léon Matthieu Cochereau is a French artist who died young before his career could fully develop. According to available records, he was born in 1793 in Montigny-le-Gannelon and studied under the master painter Jacques-Louis David. David was the most prominent painter of the French Neoclassical era, whose work set the cultural tone for France, particularly in terms of historical painting and painting that was popular at the Salon. Towards the end of his art education, Léon Matthieu Cochereau traveled to England, Greece, and Jerusalem to further his understanding of the world at large. He died of dysentery while at sea in 1817. His best-known work is an interior painting of David’s studio.