Martin Drolling

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Interior of a kitchen (detail), Louvre, 1815

Martin Drolling (Oberhergheim, 1752 – Paris, 1817, aka Drolling the Elder) was a French painter. He was father to Michel Martin Drolling, and to Louise-Adéone Drolling (1797–1834), also known as Madame Joubert, one of the few successful female painters of the time.


Portrait of his son Michel Martin Drolling as a drummer boy

Martin Drolling, a native of Oberhergheim, near Colmar, was born in 1752. He received his first lessons in art from an obscure painter of Schlestadt, but afterwards went to Paris and entered the École des Beaux-Arts. He gained a momentary celebrity by his 'Interior of a Kitchen,' painted in 1815, exhibited at the Salon of 1817, and now in the Louvre. He usually painted interiors and familiar subjects of general interest. His works were popular during his lifetime, and many of them were engraved and lithographed. He died in Paris in 1817. The Louvre has by him a 'Woman at a window ' and a 'Violin-Player.'



  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Drolling, Martin". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.