Cabanel, Alexandre (French, 1823–1889)
Alexandre Cabanel won the Prix de Rome in 1845 and was consequently deemed as one of the finest academic painters of his time. His was also avidly opposed to the Impressionist movement. His famous painting The Birth of Venus was exhibited at the Salon in 1863 and earned Cabanel several commissions Napoleon III.
Alexandre Cabanel was a French Academic classical painter who showed notable skill at drawing at the age of 11 and entered the École des Beaux-Arts at 17. He quickly began exhibiting at the Paris Salon.
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