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Friedrich Hartmann Barisien

Born: 1724, Coburg (Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld)
Died: 1796, Mitawa (Courland)

German painter, theatrical designer, decorator. Grandson of a civil engineer working for King Louis XIV of France, who fled to Dresden and assumed the surname of Parisien, which later became Barisien. Studied at the Zeichen- und Malerschule in Dresden. Visited Astrakhan (1750) and worked in Holstein (early 1750s). Invited by the future Peter III to St Petersburg (1756), where he painted views of suburban palaces in Tsarskoe Selo, Peterhof and Oranienbaum. Lived and worked in St Petersburg and Moscow (1756–67) and Riga (1767–79). Court artist of Duke Peter von Biron of Courland and inspector of his art gallery (1770–78). Painted portraits of the duke and his family, decorated the interiors of Mitawa Palace and Rundale Palace. Designed sets for the court theatre, including a performance of Johann Daniel Hensel’s opera Cyrus und Kassandra (1783). Academician (1787).

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