Paul-Albert Besnard

French (1849–1934)

Study of a Woman’s Face

c. 1900

Pastel on canvas

Gift of Joan and Daniel Rutenberg and Family in Memory of Isadora Kesselman Rutenberg


Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934) was a successful and important painter, printmaker, and pastelist who was initially part of the French Academic school, but was also influenced by the Impressionists. He was a student of Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), one of the champions of traditional, classical art. Besnard won the prix de Rome in 1874 and was among the founders of the Société Nationale in 1890.

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