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Paul Huet

Paul Huet
Image: Etienne Carjat, ‘Portrait of Paul Huet’, about 1865, Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN, Paris (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski 

Paul Huet was a key figure in the history of landscape painting in the French Romantic era. Trained at the École des Beaux-Arts, he studied and worked alongside his friend Richard Parkes-Bonington and was an influence on Théodore Rousseau, with whom he later worked. He was also a friend and early scholar of Eugène Delacroix, and he is credited with painting the landscape background of Delacroix's portrait of Louis-Auguste Schwiter.

Huet's admiration for the work of Constable and his contemporaries played an important role in the French appreciation of British landscape painting.

This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.


P. Miquel, Paul Huet: De l'aube romantique à l'aube impressioniste, Paris 1962

E. Maréchaux-Laurentin, Paul Huet: Peintre de la nature 1803-1869, Paris 2009