French Painter, 1840-1887
French painter and writer. He was a student of Fran?ois-Edouard Picot, Alexandre Abel de Pujol and F?lix Barrias. After failing to win the Prix de Rome in historical landscape in 1861, he impulsively visited Algeria the following year; this journey, which he repeated ten times, determined his development as an Orientalist painter. He was a regular exhibitor at the Salon from 1861 where his combination of picturesque realism and academic composition was positively received by the State as illustrative of its Algerian policies
Laghouat, Algerian Sahara.
1879. Oil on canvas. 47.5 x 70x5 in. (122 x 181 cm). Musee D'Orsay, Paris. © Reunion des Musees Nationaux / Art Resource, NY.