French, 1817 - 1909
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A pupil first of David Augers and then Paul Delaroche, Hebert became the winner of the Grand Prix de Rome at the age of twenty-two, having obtained an early success with his 'Le Tasse en prison' exhibited in the 1839 Salon. But it was his painting, 'La Malaria', in the 1850 Salon, which brought him fame. This suffering young woman represented an ideal of the era. If Hebert was principally a classic painter, he deserves, however, to figure among the Symbolists because he strove during his whole career to conjure up the sylphs, the concubines, and the Ophelias, all sorts of wistful and discouraged female figures in a lyrical and passionate atmosphere.
His house in Paris is now a museum - Musée Hebert).
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