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Young Man reclining on the Downs

Young Man reclining on the Downs

61: Young Man reclining on the Downs

Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny
Chaumes 1798 - 1871 Lyon

PD.119-1985: Fitzwilliam Museum
Rights held by: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The John Tillotson Bequest

Caruelle d’Aligny was taught by the landscape painter Louis-Étienne Watelet, who had been a student of Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. Making his Paris Salon debut in 1822, Caruelle d’Aligny continued to exhibit regularly from 1827 to 1869. Between 1822 and 1827, he worked in Rome, where he met Camille Corot in 1825.

The two artists often painted together in and around the city. After returning to Paris, Caruelle d’Aligny was one of the first artists to venture out to the forest of Fontainebleau to paint. He was awarded the Legion of Honor (the highest award in France) in 1842 and, in 1861, became director of the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, a position he held until his death.

Text written and researched by Amy Marquis Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

Oil on paper, mounted on canvas
21.6 × 45.2 cm

Created: 1833 - 1835

Section: Built Environment: rooftops, windows, yards and ruins

This can be found in Gallery 11: The Arts of the 20th Century

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