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Etienne Prosper  Berne-Bellecour
French, (1838 -1910)

The Scout
Oil on panel , signed & dated 1890
13.5 inches x 9.5 inches

Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer near Calais on July 29, 1838. He was the father of the military painter Jean-Jacques Berne-Bellecour (1874–1939) whom he taught and the brother in law of the artist Jehan Georges Vibert (1840-1902). He studied under François-Édouard Picot (1786-1868) and Félix-Joseph Barrias (1822-1907) at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He initially painted portraits and landscapes however it was for his military scenes that he became best known. He competed for the Prix de Rome in 1859 and in 1864 made his Salon début. He continued to exhibit at the Salon winning a number of medals including first prize. He also exhibited at the Universal Exposition in 1878 and in the same year was named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He served in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 and was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery. The events of the war and his own experiences can be seen in his work, particularly his knowledge of uniform and an empathy with the subject, as in this fine example. In addition to paintings he also practiced as a sculptor and an etcher. Berne-Bellecour died on 29 November 1910 aged 72. Examples of his works can be found at the Brooklyn Museum, Courtauld Institute, Met Museum, New York, Harvard Art Museum, Heckscher Museum of Art and the V&A.

Price £3,200

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