Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois

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Gustave Courtois in his studio (Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, 1880)

Gustave-Claude-Étienne Courtois, also known as Gustave Courtois (French: [kuʁtwa]; 18 May 1852 in Pusey, Haute-Saône – 1923 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) was a French painter, a representative of the academic style of art.

Life[edit]

Gustave Courtois, Madame Gautreau, 1891 (compare to John Singer Sargent's 1884 Portrait of Madame X)

Courtois was born 18 May 1852 in Pusey, Haute-Saône, France to an unwed mother who was devoted to him. Early in life, Courtois revealed an interest in art and entered the École municipale de dessin in Vesoul (Franche-Comté). His drawings were shown to Jean-Léon Gérôme, and in 1869, Gérôme encouraged Courtais to enter the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Through his life, Courtois was in close friendship with fellow student Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, together with whom he maintained a fashionable studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine from the 1880s.[1]

He taught painting at Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Académie Colarossi, Paris,[2] where Harriet Campbell Foss,[3] Georges d'Espagnat,[4] Eva Bonnier, Emma Cheves Wilkins, and Dora Hitz were students.

Courtois exhibited at the Salon de Paris, receiving a third-place medal in 1878 and a second-place medal in 1880. He was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1911 to 1914.[citation needed] He was made a Chevalier in the Légion d'Honneur.[citation needed]

His paintings can be seen in the art galleries of Besançon, Marseille, Bordeaux, and Luxembourg.[citation needed] He was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.[citation needed] Among his students were Willard Dryden Paddock, Mary Rose Hill Burton, and Sara Page.[citation needed]

Young Florentin Playing with Cats

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Underpaintings: January 2009". Underpaintings.blogspot.com. 2009-01-17. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  2. ^ T. F. Simon. "Académie Colarossi in Paris". Tfsimon.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  3. ^ Eleanor Tufts; National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.); International Exhibitions Foundation (1987). American women artists, 1830–1930. International Exhibitions Foundation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. ISBN 978-0-940979-01-7.
  4. ^ Catherine Renoir. "Georges d'Espagnat - Renoir Fine Art". Renoirinc.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.

Sources[edit]

  • Gabriel P. Weisberg. Against the Modern: Dagnan-Bouveret and the Transformation of the Academic Tradition. 2002.

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