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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Edouard Joseph Dantan (French, 1848-1897)


The son of the sculptor Jean Dantan, Edouard decided not to pursue this medium, instead choosing to paint. At sixteen, the young artist began working in the studio of Isadore Pils at the École des Beaux Arts yet by eighteen Dantan was already receiving government commissions, despite not having exhibited at painting at the Salon. His Salon debut, Destruction of Pompeii, took place shortly before the young man left Paris to fight in the Franco-Prussian War. Dantan rejoined the École afterwards, again working under Pils. Dantan received two Salon medals in 1874, for Hercule aux Pieds d’Omphale and Moine sculptant un Christ en bois. When Pils died in 1875, Dantan moved to the studio of Henri Lehmann, finally leaving the École in 1877. Work from the height of Dantan’s career depicts lively scenes taken from elegant Parisian life and interior scenes of the artist at work in his studio. However, Dantan’s promising career was tragically cut short when his horse startled, throwing the painter to the ground and killing him instantly.
 A Casting From Life
 A Restoration
Huile sur panneau
Coin d'atelier

Dantan Studio Scene
Un Atelier de Moulage
Moulage De Rio, 1897 
Un Moulage sur Nature II
L'Atelier du Sculpteur, 1887 
Desplegando las redes
Édouard Joseph Dantan Portrait of Sculptor, 1890 

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