Exceptional and major work of Edouard Louis Dubufe (1819-1883) entitled "The Denarius of the Widow"
Our larger version (Height 154 cm, Width 116 cm) was executed in 1853.
The year is below the signature at the bottom left of the canvas.
Our painting was made in engraving by Auguste Adrien Jouanin in 1857, then follows postcards.
In 1902/1903 our painting was exhibited in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian Academy, "Winter Exhibition of Old Masters".
Acquired by the famous gallery: Mr. Newman Ltd., London and nowadays Private Collection England.
Another smaller version (Height: 60 cm, width: 45 cm)
"The Widow's Denarius" or "The Widow's Mite" was painted by Edward Louis Dubufe, later and was executed in 1876. were this version is visible at the Amsterdam Museum (inventory number SA. 212)
The works of Edward Louis Dubufe have been recognized by his contemporaries as Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873).
Many museums keep these works such as:
Paris, Orsay Museum; Castle of Compiègne; Paris, Louvre Museum; Castle of Versailles; Museum of Fine Arts of Rouen; Villers-Cotterêts, Alexandre Dumas museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art USA.
Edward Louis Dubufe was born in Paris on March 31, 1819 and died in Versailles on August 11, 1883, is a French painter.
Son of the painter Claude Marie Paul Dubufe (1789-1864) and Edmée Duménillet (1792-1837), Édouard Louis Dubufe was first student of his father, then Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) at the School Fine Arts from Paris from 1834. He won a medal 3rd class at the Salon des Artistes French 1839. Painter of history and religious compositions, he is also a portraitist.
On January 11, 1842, he married the sculptor Juliette Zimmerman (1819-1855), second daughter of piano teacher Pierre Zimmerman (1785-1853), whose sister Anna married in 1852, the composer Charles Gounod who became the brother-in-law of Edouard, a deep and sincere friendship will bind the two men, which will continue beyond the death of Juliette in 1855 and that of Édouard.This is the year of birth of his half-brother Paul Dubufe, followed of Georges who will live only one year, then Rene (1850-1876) and Josephine-Anne who will marry Arnoult-Philibert de Pincepré.
He discovered the great English portraitists during his stay in England from 1848 to 1851, then he stayed in Italy during the year 1852.
Hir career as an official portraitist began with the portrait of the Countess de Beaussier in 1850, then that of Emperor Napoleon III2 and his wife Empress Eugénie3 in 1853. With Franz Xaver Winterhalter, he became one of the most most famous of the Second Empire. 1853 is the year of the death of his father-in-law and the birth of his first child Guillaume Dubufe (1853-1909), who will become the third painter of the dynasty. He lost his wife Juliette two years later, who died in bed with her daughter Juliette-Hortense (1855).
In 1856 he painted the Paris Congress4 at the request of the Emperor. Empress Eugenie asks for her participation in the decoration of her blue salon at the Tuileries Palace, where he paints his ladies-in-waiting. He knows a great success with the aristocratic society and the big bourgeoisie.
In 1866, Émile Zola criticized his coteries as a member of the Salon5 jury. He is linked with his brother-in-law architect Jean-Baptiste Pigny and many of his colleagues.
He marries Leonie Berthold on 21 July 1866 in Paris.
He died on August 10, 1883 in Versailles and is buried in the Notre-Dame de Versailles cemetery.
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