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date: 21 October 2019

Cochin, Denys(-Pierre-Augustin-Marie), Baronlocked

(b Paris, Sept 1, 1851; d Paris, March 24, 1922).

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(b Paris, Sept 1, 1851; d Paris, March 24, 1922).

French politician, collector and patron. He had a long but unremarkable career in politics, serving as a député for Paris between 1893 and 1919. As a collector, he was interested in both Old Master and contemporary paintings; he purchased many of the highest quality, but some that were merely copies or even fakes. Among paintings by French Romantic artists, he owned numerous works by Delacroix, including Cleopatra and the Peasant (1838; Chapel Hill, U. NC, Ackland A. Mus.) and Christ on the Cross (1853; London, N.G.). Among works by modern painters, he owned the Schuffenecker Family by Gauguin (1889; Paris, Mus. d’Orsay) and several small works by Degas, among them the Lady with a Parasol (c. 1887–90; Glasgow, Burrell Col.). In 1896 he commissioned Maurice Denis to paint seven decorative panels, depicting the Legend of Saint Hubert (1896–7; in situ), for his house at Neuilly-sur-Seine. Two of Cochin’s sons were killed in World War I, after which he lost all interest in life. His collections were auctioned in ...

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Dictionnaire de biographie française (Paris, 1933–)