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date: 09 December 2019

Hédouin, (Pierre-)Edmond(-Alexandre)locked

(b Boulogne-sur-Mer, July 16, 1820; d Paris, Jan 12, 1889).
  • Jane Munro

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(b Boulogne-sur-Mer, July 16, 1820; d Paris, Jan 12, 1889).

French painter, printmaker and illustrator. He studied engraving and lithography under Célestin Nanteuil (1813–73) from 1835 and in 1838 entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Paul Delaroche. He made his Salon début with a peasant genre scene in 1842 and at the Salon of 1846 was singled out for praise by Baudelaire for his powerful handling of colour.

Hédouin’s Orientalist work dates from a visit made to Algeria in the company of Adolphe Leleux in 1847. Sketches executed during this trip provided the themes of finished paintings throughout his subsequent career (Café at Constantine, 1868; Narbonne, Mus. A. & Hist.). Hédouin’s pleasing, realistic scenes of French, Spanish and Arab peasant life were much to the taste of Second Empire officialdom, and a number of the artist’s works were acquired by the State during his own lifetime: for example, The Gleaners (1857...

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