Charles   Édouard   Boutibonne

(Budapest, 8 July 1816 - 7 February 1897, Wilderswil bei Interlaken, Switzerland)

Born of French parents in Hungary. He studied in Vienna with Friedrich Amerling, then Paris with Winterhalter and Devéria. Painter of history, genre scenes and portraits (Napoleon III), including 1856 and 1857, the Royal Academy of London. His painting of "Leda" was exhibited to the Salon of 1864 and "Phryne before the Areopagus" in the same show.

Boutibonne achieved initial prestige as a court portraitist for Napoléon III. During the 1860s he was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon and in 1867 he was elected a member of L’association aristique du canton de Berne in Switzerland, where he maintained a second residence in Wilderswil, near Interlaken.

In London, he worked two years in Windsor, he painted portraits of the Queen and Prince. Further artist's life is linked with Switzerland, where he lived and worked until his death. His work can be seen in museums in Paris, Bern, Budapest, London, Dortmund and others.

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Napoleon III.

Prince Albert
Queen Victoria

Charles Édouard Boutibonne (Budapest, 1816 - 1897, Wilderswil bei Interlaken, Switzerland) studied between 1832 and 1843 in the Viennese Academy and was a pupil of Friedrich von Amerling. In 1837 he moved to Paris, where he studied under Achille Deveria and became later a friend and pupil of Franz Winterhalter. In 1839 he spent again some time working in Vienna. From 1854 on he spent two years in England, painting in this period portraits of Queen Victoria, Prince-Consort and other royals. He returned to Paris staying there until 1855. He moved on to Wilderwil in Switzerland where he will spend the rest of his life. Like his teacher Winterhalter he was an appreciated portraitist of the European high society, especially in Paris of the Second Empire.

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Allégorie du printemps


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