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Jacques-Raymond Brascassat (1804 - 1867)
  • Place of Birth: Bordeaux, France
  • Place of Death: Paris, France
Works of Art

After early success in his native town, he went to Paris, becoming a pupil of Louis Hersent (1777-1860). At first an historical landscape painter, Brascassat studied in Italy 1826-9 with the aid of a grant awarded as a special favour by King Charles X. After his return to France he specialised in animal painting, leading a revival of interest in this genre which had been neglected since the 18th century. He was much admired in the 1830s and early 1840s, but his later career was largely eclipsed by Rosa Bonheur and Troyon, who both had a more profound understanding of animal anatomy.