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Besnard, Paul Albert

Born: 1849 AD
Died: 1934 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Painters


1849 - Born on the 4th of December in Paris, France. French painter.

1866 - Besnard began his art studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at age 17 studying under Cabanel.

1874 - Besnard was awarded the Grand Prix of Rome with his painting, Death of Timophanes.

         - Painted the portrait of Madame Réjane, "Femme qui se chauffe at the Luxembourg in Paris."

         - Married to Mlle Charlotte Dubray, daughter of a sculptor and a sculptress herself.

1881 - Besnard exhibited at the Royal Academy.

1886 - The exhibition of his portrait "Le Portrait de Madame Roger Jourdain" at the Salon demonstrated his new use of light and shadows which became his defining style.

1889 - Besnard's "Woman Warming Herself By the Fire" was exhibited and is now in the Musee d'Art Moderne.

1913 - He was head of the French School at Rome.

1919-1920 - He was represented in the official exhibition of French art held in the United States.

1922 - Became director of the École des Beaux Arts.

1924 - His works was shown in different cities of the United States.

1934 - Paul-Albert Besnard died on 4th of December.


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