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Félix Bracquemond
19th c. Early Modern Printmaker, painter, draughtsman
French, (1833–1914) Bracquemond, Felix (Joseph Auguste)
b. May 22, 1833 in Paris, France; d. Oct. 29, 1914 in Paris. Bracquemond showed in his early years a destiny toward artistic pursuits. He was the student of a horseman, and dreamed of being a rider. However, after 1848 he became the apprentice in a house of lithography. He then became the apprentice of the painter M. Guichard, a student of Ingres. He became an accomplished painter, especially of Impressionist landscapes, but gained his great reputation through his engravings. He helped to found the Société des Aquafortistes (Society of Etchers) in 1862 and helped etching gain the reputation of a creative rather than merely reproductive technique. His specialties were portraits and scenes with birds.

Bénézit; Havlice, Idx. art. bio.; Thieme-Becker; Vollmer, Künst.-Lex. 20. Jhr.; Dict. des Peintres Francais, 1961; Grant, "Dict. of British Etchers"; Oxford Dict. of Art.

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