ALFRED DEHODENCQ (French / 1822-1882)

A follower of Delacroix and precursor of Manet, Edme Alexis Alfred Dehodencq was born and died in Paris. He was a Romantic and Orientalist painter of religious and genre scenes. Alfred Dehodencq was a pupil of Léon Cogniet at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He made his debut at the Salon de Paris in 1844. Dehodencq seemed set fair for a glittering career, but the revolution of 1848 derailed him. Horrified by the bodies lying in the streets, Dehodencq set to painting La nuit du 23 février. While working on this, he himself was injured. After convalescing in the Pyrenees, Alfred Dehodencq travelled in Spain, discovering the work of Goya and Velazquez. There followed a 10-year sojourn in Morocco, from 1853-1863; his art from this period is particularly notable for its close attention to the Jews of Morocco. Returning to France, Dehodencq found himself all but forgotten. Unable to re-establish himself, he committed suicide in 1882. Our etching after a painting of 1850 is by Alfred Dehodencq's son Edmond Dehodencq, born in Cadix in 1860. Taught by his father, Edmond Dehodencq became a painter of genre scenes and still lives. He died in 1887, aged only 27.

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Selected prints by ALFRED DEHODENCQ

Course de novillos, 1910

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