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Jules Louis Philippe Coignet

1798–1860, Paris

Trained by the landscape painter Jean-Victor Bertin, Coignet gradually distanced himself from the stringent Classicism of his tutor. The artist achieved considerable success in the 1830s with romantically picturesque landscapes, for which he collected the subjects on trips to Greece, Egypt and the Near East. Coignet was a keen traveller throughout his artistic career, being active as a landscape painter in Italy, Sicily, Normandy, Brittany and other regions of France.