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 Francois-Leon Benouville



Francois-Leon Benouville         Pages: 1

(b Paris, 30 March 1821; d Paris, 16 Feb 1859).

Brother of  Jean-Achille Benouville. He was a student of Picot at the same time as his brother and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at the age of 16. He exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1838 and won the Prix de Rome in 1845 (the same year as his brother) with his Christ before the Tribunal (Paris, Ecole N. Sup. B.-A.), the almost violent intensity of expression and realism of which is rare in paintings of this period. In Rome he became interested in Early Christian art, from which he acquired a sense of the monumental without being distracted from his search for realism, as exemplified in Martyrs Led away to their Ordeal (1855; Paris, Louvre).



The Wrath of Achilles


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