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Title Portrait of the Sculptor Antoine Etex (1808 - 1888)
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Couture, Thomas (French painter and teacher, 1815-1879)
Date Earliest about 1845
Date Latest about 1855
Description Couture was a successful painter of historical subjects and an influential teacher. Both Manet and Fantin-Latour studied with him.

Etex was a French academic sculptor. In his memoirs, he was keen for posterity to view him as something of a rebel who supported the republican movement. This confident pose suggests his ambitious aspirations. He liked to compare himself with the complete artists of the Renaissance. He executed not only sculptures, often on a huge scale, but also produced paintings, engravings, architectural designs, wrote on art history and illustrated a book of plays.

Current Accession Number 1958P3
Former Accession Number P.358
Subject portrait ( Etex, Antoine)
Measurements 117.2 x 85.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased with the aid of the Public Picture Gallery Fund 1958.
Provenance Private French Collection, Messrs Tooth, 1958.
Principal Exhibitions Recent Acquisitions. Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 1955, cat. no. 10 as Portrait of a Sculptor; Primitives to Picasso, Royal Academy of Arts, 1962, cat. no. 218.
Publications 'Editorial: New Rooms at Birmingham',Burlington Magazine, vol. 100, 1958, p. 191; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 38, ill.
Notes Inscription on reverse 'Portrait du Sculpter Etex'.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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