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The forgotten ones: Louis Debras

In the series of forgotten painters from the first exhibition of the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Peintres, Sculpteurs et Graveurs in 1874, this tenth article evokes Louis Debras (1819-1899).

His paintings, in a rather realistic tone, did not prevent him from being asked to exhibit on boulevard des Capucines, in order to demonstrate that this event was not a remake of the Salon des Refusés and that it could accommodate artists in a very different style. He will present there 3 paintings and a drawing.

Louis Debras. Chemin de terre et maisons. Vers1884. Collection particulière
Louis Debras. Chemin de terre et maisons. Vers1884. Collection particulière

Louis Debras. Paysage arboré. Fusain et rehauts de gouache. Vers 1860. Collection particulière
Louis Debras. Paysage arboré. Fusain et rehauts de gouache. Vers 1860. Collection particulière

Pupil of Auguste Dehaussy, Louis Debras will know a good notoriety and will exhibit regularly at the Salons between 1843 and 1896.

Louis Debras. Chemin dans la campagne. Vers 1880. Collection particulière
Louis Debras. Chemin dans la campagne. Pastel. Collection particulière

The paintings by Louis Debras that have come down to us are unfortunately few in number and are mostly found in private collections.

Louis Debras. Paysage arboré avec maisons. Pastel. Date inconnue. Collection particulière
Louis Debras. Paysage arboré avec maisons. Date inconnue. Collection particulière

Many of his works disappeared following the German occupation, the bombardment and the looting of the Museum of the Hôtel de Ville in Péronne during the First World War.

Stanislas Lépine. La Seine à Poissy. ?. Collection particulière
Louis Debras. Autoportrait. Vers 1850? Tableau disparu

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