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date: 13 November 2019

Rouart, Henri(-Stanislas)locked

(b Paris, Oct 2, 1833; d Paris, Jan 2, 1912).

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(b Paris, Oct 2, 1833; d Paris, Jan 2, 1912).

French collector, painter and industrialist. Among his fellow pupils at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris was Edgar Degas who became a lifelong friend. Rouart entered the Ecole Polytechnique in 1853, graduating as an engineer; his inventions included a machine for making ice (1862) and another for sending telegrams (1867). In the Siege of Paris in 1870 he served with Degas in the artillery. He was an amateur painter, and exhibited at the Paris Salon between 1868 and 1872. He was also a steadfast supporter of the Impressionists, and showed paintings at all their exhibitions between 1876 and 1886, except in 1882, when Degas and his followers withdrew. He painted mostly landscapes, a characteristic example being the Terrace on the Banks of the Seine at Melun (exh. 5th Impressionist Exhibition 1880; Paris, Mus. d’Orsay). It is, however, as a collector that Rouart is remembered. He shared with Degas a passion for the early work of ...

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