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Edouard Toudouze (1848 - 1907)

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Edouard Toudouze (1848 - 1907)
"Admirer de loin" oil on board 13 3/4" W x 10 1/2" H Edouard Toudouze was born on July 28, 1848 in Paris. He was the youngest son of August Gabriel Toudouze, a French architect who was, for a time, the Chief Architect of Marseilles. His mother, Adèle Anais Colin-Toudouze, was the daughter of Alexandre-Marie Colin, a history painter. Toudouze was also the nephew of Jean-Baptiste-Auguste Leloir. He completed studies during his youth at a school in Sainte-Barbe. After leaving school he entered the atelier of his uncle Auguste Leloir and later also began studying under Isidore Pils, later becoming a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Before he could enter the Prix de Rome Toudouze began exhibiting at the annual Salons. In 1867 he debuted, at just nineteen years of age, and began exhibiting throughout Europe. The Franco-Prussian war broke out shortly after Toudouze’s debut and he enrolled as a patriot. After the end of the war, Toudouze was ready for the Prix de Rome of 1871. He won for the category of history painting and was given the opportunity to spend four years working and studying in Italy. He was very popular at the Salon and his works also were purchased by the Third Republic government for placement into many French museums. His work was purchased by the state in 1875 and placed in the Rennes Musée des Beaux-Arts, where it remains today. In 1877, he exhibited La Femme de Loth and earned his second medal, this time a second-class medal. At the Exposition Universelle of 1889 he was awarded a silver medal and was also named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He also took part in International Expositions a print of his was featured at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Ten years later, he became an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur. His popularity and public fame had grown, which brought him many commissions. The Gobelins tapestry manufactory commissioned from him a portfolio of designs which would be made into tapestries. Today a ten piece tapestry from this portfolio, depicting the history of Brittany, adorns the Palais de Justice, in Rennes. His work Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion hangs in the foyer of the Opera Comique, He became a teacher himself and taught at the progressive Académie Julian, alongside Bouguereau He remains a popular figure even today, and his images show the continuing interest in an academic style during a period in which many only remember the advances of the Impressionists, and other avant-garde artistic movements. Many of his works can now be found in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France

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