Paul-Émile Boutigny

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Paul-Émile Boutigny (mid 1890s). Photograph by Wilhelm Benque (de)

Paul-Émile Boutigny (10 March 1853 in Paris – 27 June 1929 in Paris) was a French painter who specialized in military subjects.

Life and work[edit]

His father was a tailor and his mother worked as a seamstress. Following the Franco-Prussian War, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Alexandre Cabanel[1] and developed a unique style of battle painting, drawn from personal experience. He was a regular participant in the Salon after 1880.

He was decorated with the Légion d'honneur in 1898.[2] That same year, he began producing the satirical, artistic and literary journal Cocorico, which promoted Art Nouveau.

He illustrated several works:

Some of his most familiar paintings include:

  • An Episode from the Quiberon Affair (1881). Musée des Beaux-Arts et Arts Décoratifs de Mirande
  • The Seventh Line to Attack Malakoff and the Death of Captain Pagès (1887). Hall of Honor of the Seventh Infantry Regiment.
  • Napoléon - The Battle of Aspern-Essling - Death of Jean Lannes, Marshall of the Empire (1894)
  • Napoléon Bonaparte - The Revolt at Pavia (1895)


  1. ^ a b Open Library Nos peintres et sculpteurs, graveurs, dessinateurs : portraits et biographies suivis d'une notice sur les Salons français depuis 1673, les Sociétés de Beaux-Arts, (1897), p.71
  2. ^ Base Léonore Ministry of Culture

Further reading[edit]

  • Emmanuel Bénézit: Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays, Vol. 2. Gründ, Paris 1999, ISBN 2-7000-3012-5.

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