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   Thomas Couture was born at Senlis Oise, France and at age 11, Thomas Couture's family moved to Paris where he would study at the industrial arts school (Ecole des Arts et Metiers) and later at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He failed the prestigious Prix de Rome competition at the Ecole six times, but he felt the problem was with the École, not himself. Couture finally did win the prize in 1837.

Thomas Couture


Personal Details


Thomas Couture

Place of birth

Senlis Oise, France

Date of Birth

December 21, 1815

Date of Death

March 30, 1879




   In 1840, he began exhibiting historical and genre pictures at the Paris Salon, earning several medals for his works, in particular for his 1847 masterpiece, "Romans in the Decadence of the Empire." Shortly after this success, Couture opened an independent atelier meant to challenge the Ecole des Beaux-Arts by turning out the best new history painters.

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