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Last Name
BIDA
First Name
Alexandre
Life Span
1823-1895
Publications
Souvenirs d’Egypte (1851), Edward Eggelston’s Christ in Art, or, The Gospel of Jesus Christ (New York: Fords, Howard & Hulbert, 1874), The Bible and its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons, edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, published by Francis R. Niglutsch, New York, in 1910.
Sources
Some of his work
Details
Famous Orientalist French Jewish Christian painter, who studied under Delacroix and borrowed from Descamp precision of line drawing, He also taught Jean-Paul Laurens. He was considered one of the greatest draftsmen of the nineteenth century. Theophile Gautier wrote, “He does not paint, it is true, in the sense that he does not use a brush; but colored drawings like his are equivalent to the hottest paintings, and we do not hesitate to place them among the canvases.” (in Le Moniteur Universel(11 June 1859?) as reprinted in W. Drost, Exposition de 1859, Théophile Gautier(Heidelberg, 1992), 51.) He made several trips to the Middle East and chose to draw scenes from the customs and mores with great historical detail. In 1850 he spent several months in Egypt in spite of the cholera epidemic that raged in Cairo and published in 1851 his Souvenirs d’Egypte. Other trips included Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Palestine. From 1867 to 1880, he presented his works at the salons of Paris, including the Exposition Universelle of Later many of his engravings and watercolors were used to illustrate famous religious works and he is now remembered as the greatest illustrator of the Bible. He is known especially for his illustrations of the life of Jesus Christ, which are gathered together in Edward Eggelston’s volume Christ in Art, or, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, (New York: Fords, Howard & Hulbert, 1874) and The Bible and its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons, edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, published by Francis R. Niglutsch, New York, in 1910.

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