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1815-1879 French Thomas Couture Location French painter and teacher. A student of Antoine-Jean Gros in 1830-38 and Paul Delaroche in 1838-9, he demonstrated precocious ability in drawing and was expected to win the Prix de Rome. He tried at least six times between 1834 and 1839, but achieved only second prize in 1837 (entry untraced). Disgusted with the politics of the academic system, Couture withdrew and took an independent path. He later attacked the stultified curriculum of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and discouraged his own students from entering this institution. He first attained public notoriety at the Paris Salon with Young Venetians after an Orgy (1840; Montrouge, priv. col., see Boime, p. 85), the Prodigal Son (1841; Le Havre, Mus. B.-A.) and the Love of Gold (1844; Toulouse, Mus. Augustins). These early canvases are treated in a moralizing and anecdotal mode; the forms and compositional structures, like the debauched and corrupt protagonists, are sluggish and dull. Yet what made his work seem fresh to the Salon audience was his use of bright colour and surface texture derived from such painters as Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps and Eugene Delacroix, while his literary bent and methodical drawing demonstrated his mastery of academic tradition. The critics Thophile Gautier and Paul Mantz (1821-95) proclaimed him as the leader of a new school that mediated between the old and the new, and looked to him for a revitalization of Salon painting. The air of compromise his works projected made him appear a cultural representative of the juste milieu policies of Louis-Philippe.

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Thomas Couture The Romans of the Decadence oil painting artist


Thomas Couture The Romans of the Decadence oil painting artist

The Romans of the Decadence
Painting ID::  561
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1847 Musee d'Orsay, Paris

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Thomas Couture The Romans of the Decadence oil painting artist

The Romans of the Decadence
Painting ID::  30697
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mk68 Oil on canvas Paris,Orsay Museum 1847 France

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Thomas Couture The Concert Singer oil painting artist


Thomas Couture The Concert Singer oil painting artist

The Concert Singer
Painting ID::  30861
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mk68 Oil on canvas Philadelphia,Philadelphia Museum of Art 1890-1892 USA

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Thomas Couture The Romans of the Decadence oil painting artist


Thomas Couture The Romans of the Decadence oil painting artist

The Romans of the Decadence
Painting ID::  40693
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mk156 1847 Oil on canvas 466x775cm

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Thomas Couture Romans in the Decadence of the Empire oil painting artist


Thomas Couture Romans in the Decadence of the Empire oil painting artist

Romans in the Decadence of the Empire
Painting ID::  58492
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Romans in the Decadence of the Empire (1847)

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