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Hubert Denis Etcheverry

Biography of Artist


French 19th – 20th Century

Born 21st September 1867 in Bayonne where he died on the 3rd April 1952.

Etcheverry was a pupil of Achille Zo at the municipal school of design and painting of Bayonne, and of Leon Bonnat and Albert Maignan at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris

Initially Etcheverry painted historical subjects, but he soon turned to portraits and genre scenes.

The success of his ‘Vertigo’ in 1903 earned him a considerable reputation.

A skilful draughtsman and successful colourist, he was considered by many to be one of the best painters of his period. As a pupil of Bonnat he was seen by the Parisian art critics to be a member of the ‘Bayonne School’.

He was appointed a professor at the Ecole Speciale academie des Beaux-Arts, was invited to join the jury of the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1927 and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1906.

In 1892 Etcheverry came second in the Grand Prix de Rome with his painting ‘Philemon and Baucis’. He exhibited regularly in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Francais, of which he became a member. In 1895 he won a third class medal, a second class in 1899 and a gold medal in 1900.

In 2001 the Musee Bonnat in Bayonne organised an exhibition around a painting of Henri Achille Zo which had recently been restored; it bought together the works of some of the artists who appeared in the painting including Denis Etcheverry.

Examples of his work can be found in the museums of Bayonne, Toulouse and Troyes.