Who is Anthelme Trimolet?

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Anthelme Claude Honoré Trimolet (8 May 1798, Lyon – 17 December 1866, Lyon) was a French painter; notable for portraits and interiors with figures.

His father was a draftsman. While yet very young, he was enrolled at the École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon. At the age of ten, he was assigned to the Special School of Design and studied subsequent to Pierre Révoil until 1813. He usual a gold laurel in 1815 and had his first exhibition at the Salon in 1819 following his “Interior of a Mechanic’s Workshop”. From that year until 1830, he taught drawing at the Royal College; becoming a Professor in 1820.

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He was also enthusiastic in archaeology and ivory carving. In his historical paintings, he focused upon scenes from the Middle Ages. As an illustrator, he produced scenes from the Henriade of Voltaire. In his essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” critic Charles Baudelaire referred to Trimolet as a “chronicler of poverty and the deflate life.” Occasionally, he worked as an art restorer, focusing especially upon the antiquated Dutch Masters. He was an rival of the prevailing trend for minute detail in paintings and wrote a curt poem upon the subject in which he singled out Adriaen van der Werff for special praise.

Together later his wife, Edma [fr], who was next an artist, he combine a large heap of paintings and supplementary art objects as competently as coins, furniture, jewelry and outmoded weapons. At times, his pretend apparently suffered from his loyalty to this pursuit. Something of a misanthrope, he was always ready to pounce on any merchant whose items were not authentic. After his death, Edma continued collecting. In her will, she left their increase to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

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