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date: 28 February 2020

Tassaert, Octave or Nicolas François Octavelocked


French, 19th century, male.

Born 26 July 1800, in Paris; died 24 April 1874, in Paris.

Painter, lithographer. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes.


Son of Jean Joseph Franeois Tassaert and pupil of Pierre Girard and Guillon Lethière, this artist enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 1 February 1817. Like his four brothers and his sister, Octave Tassaert had an unhappy childhood and, according to his biographer Bernard Prost, his father was in the habit of turning his children out when they reached the age of twelve. Octave Tassaert was obliged to earn a crust as an engraver when still only a child. He worked initially alongside his brother Paul, then in the workshop of Franeois Girard until, in about 1817, he turned to painting. His early hardships were to affect him throughout the rest of his life and his lack of formal education may have been the principal contributory factor in the solitary life he led which ended in alcohol addiction and death. He took his own life, as the poor often did, by inhaling carbon monoxide fumes from a coal burner....

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