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Frédéric Villot

1809 Liège – 1875 Paris

Frédéric Villot was taught by Eugène Delacroix and soon became his close confidant. As a painter he frequently followed the example of his master, producing for the most part works with mythological or historical motifs. In addition he tried his hand at printmaking and made a number of superb etchings as well as a few woodcuts. As a connoisseur and capable artist he soon gained a considerable reputation in Paris and in 1848 was selected to succeed François Marius Granet as curator of painting at the Louvre.