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Legros was born in Dijon; his father was an accountant, and came from
the neighbouring village of Véronnes. While young, Legros visited the
farms of his relatives, and the peasants and landscapes of that part
of France are the subjects of many of his works. He was sent to the
art school at
self portrait etching by Alphonse Legros
Legros sent two portraits to the
portrait etching of Dalou by Legros
Legros was naturalized as a British citizen in 1881, and remained at University College for 17 years. He would draw or paint a torso or a head for the students in an hour or less; in the painting school he insisted on a good outline, preserved by a thin rub in of umber, and then the work was to be finished in a single painting.
portrait etching of Rodin by Legros
Legros picked up the art of etching by watching a college in Paris working at a commercial engraving, and taught himself the making of medals. He considered the traditional journey to Italy an important part of artistic training, he gave part of his salary to augment the income available for a travelling studentship. He died in Watford. Works Later works, after Legros resigned his professorship in 1892, returned to the manner of his early days—imaginative landscapes, castles in Spain, and farms in Burgundy, etchings such the series of The Triumph of Death, and the sculptured fountains for the gardens of the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey. Pictures, drawings and etchings by Legros, went to the following galleries and museums:
A. Legros - The Calvary, Orsay
"Amende Honorable," "Dead Christ," bronzes, medals and twenty-two
drawings, in the Luxembourg, Paris
"Landscape," "Study of a Head," and portraits of Browning,
Burne-Jones, Cassel, Huxley and Marshall, at the Victoria and Albert
"Femmes en prière" (Tate, London)
"The Tinker," and six other works from the lonides Collection,
bequeathed to South Kensington
"Christening," "Barricade," "The Poor at Meat," two portraits and
several drawings and etchings, collection of Lord Carlisle
"Two Priests at the Organ," "Landscape" and etchings, collection of
Rev. Stopford Brooke
"Head of a Priest," collection of Mr Vereker Hamilton
"The Weed-burner," some sculpture and a large collection of etchings
and drawings, Mr Guy Knowles
"Psyche," collection of Mr L W Hudson
"Snow Scene," collection of
George Frederic Watts
La Barque en Peril (The Boat in Peril); ink and watercolour, 1903
^ Legros, Alphonse in: L. Forrer: Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, Volume III, London 1907, p. 375-378. ^ "Legros, Alphonse". Who's Who. 1911. p. 1193.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Legros, Alphonse". Encyclopædia Britannica. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Holroyd, Charles (1912). "Legros, Alphonse". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co. Dr Hans W Singer, "Alphonse Legros," Die graphischen Künste (1898); Léonce Bénédite, "Alphonse Legros," Revue d'an (Paris, 1900); Cosmo Monkhouse, 'Professor Legros', Magazine of Art (1882).
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