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Hippolyte Poterlet (1803–1835)

Hippolyte Poterlet, Tournament Near the Moat of the Château de Steen, after (...)
Hippolyte Poterlet, Tournament Near the Moat of the Château de Steen, after Rubens

© RMN / G. Blot

Hippolyte Poterlet’s work is not very well known, yet he was a remarkable draftsman.

His early death prevented him from fully developing his art. In the autumn of 1818, he met Delacroix when he was copying the master in the Louvre. This encounter changed his life and the two shared a deep friendship, nourished by their artistic exchanges.

The Louvre has only a single work by this artist: The Quarrel Between Trissotin and Vadius, inspired from Molière’s The Wise Women.

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