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The New International Encyclopædia/Dubufe, Edouard

DUBUFE, Edouard (1820-83). A French portrait and figure painter, born in Paris. He was a pupil of his father, Claude Marie Dubufe, and of Paul Delaroche, and his earlier works were mostly religious. His chief success, however, was in portrait painting, to which he afterwards confined himself. His works were well drawn, and their good finish, together with their smooth and elegant coloring, made them popular, especially among ladies of rank. Among his sitters were the Empress Eugénie (1853), Rosa Bonheur (1857), the Princess Mathilde (1861), and the Marquise de Gallifet. Among his portraits of men, which are better than those of women, were “Gounod” (1867), “Dumas fils” (1873), and “Emille Augier” (1876), in the Museum of the Luxembourg. Besides his portraits, the best-known of his paintings are “The Peace Congress of 1856 at Paris” (1857, in the Gallery of Versailles), and the “Prodigal Son” (1866), in the manner of Paul Veronese. He received the Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1837, and a first-class medal in the Salon of 1844. Consult Stranahan, A History of French Painting (New York, 1899).