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Léon Cogniet (1794–1880)

In 1812, Léon Cogniet entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied with Pierre Guérin at the same time as Géricault and Delacroix.

In 1817, he was awarded the Grand Prix de Rome. After an early period of classicism, he adopted a more romantic style through his selection of subjects (Tintoretto Painting his Dead Wife, 1845; Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts) as well as his interest in color. He received numerous official commissions, notably for the rooms of the historical museum of Versailles, and trained many painters, including Léon Bonnat and Alfred Dehodencq.

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