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Félix Joseph BARRIAS
(Paris, 1822 – Paris, 1907)


Young Italian spinner

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1861 lower left

33,5 x 26,5 cm


Son of the painter on porcelain and miniaturist BARRIAS, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the direction of L. COGNIET.

He regularly exhibited at the Salons of Paris from 1840, for sixty-five years. BARRIAS, after obtaining the Prix de Rome in 1844 for his Cincinnatus receiving the ambassadors of the Senate, will stay at Villa Medici from 1845 to 1849.

He also won a third medal in 1847, a first medal in 1851, a gold medal in 1889, and received the order of Leopold of Belgium and promoted to the rank of officer of the Legion of Honor in 1897.

He is the author of several decorative paintings in churches: at Saint-Eustache (1856) and at the Trinity of Paris (1867 and 1876), at Notre-Dame de Clignancourt (1861-1865); in public monuments, among which the museum of Amiens where he executed a dome and a pendant in 1865; the great ceiling for Prince Nariskine at St. Petersburg in 1866; a large 50-meter painting in London in 1872; the ceiling and four pendants in the foyer of the Opéra de Paris in 1874; decoration of the pavilion of the Argentine Republic at the Universal Exhibition of 1889; three cupolas and various decorations at the Hotel de Ville in Paris in 1890.

BARRIAS was also an illustrator for the works of VIRGILE, CORNEILLE, RACINE, SHAKESPEARE and popular novels by DUMAS and Frédéric SOULIE.

In his studio he trained many artists such as DEGAS, PELEZ, VIBERT, GUILLAUMET …


Museums : Louvre, Versailles, Petit Palais, Musée d’Orsay, Cracovie, Baltimore, Autun, Châlons-sur-Marne, Cologne, Douai, Laval, Lille, Nantes, Nîmes, Périgueux, Le Puy-en-Velay, Rouen, Tarbes…

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