Hubert-Denis Etcheverry

( 1867-1952 )


Hubert-Denis Etcheverry was born in Bayonne, rue Lagréou, on September 21, 1867 into a modest family. He began his apprenticeship in his hometown under the direction of the painter Achille Zo, headteacher of the drawing school and founder of the museum of Paintings. Seeing Etcheverry’s potential, Zo intervened so that he received an annual pension from the city of Bayonne to go to Paris.

Hubert-Denis Etcheverry was first in the entrance competition to enter the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1889. He followed the classes of Albert Maignan and of his compatriot Léon Bonnat. Two years later, he won the second Grand Prix de Rome in historical painting wit his painting Jupiter et Mercure chez Philémon et Baucis, held at the musée Bonnat- Helleu in Bayonne. The artist received many distinctions at the Salons des Artistes Français: a third class medal in 1895, a second class medal in 1899, and a silver medal at the 1900 Great exhibition.

Just after their display, his artworks were bought by the French State to complete its collections (Les Nounous ariégeoise et bretonne, Musée de Toulouse; Un coup de vent à Trouville, Musée d'Orsay), by municipalities to decorate their museums (Saint Michel protégeant une trépassée, musée de Troyes ; Naissance de Pégasse, musée de Pau ; Il ne lisaient plus, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon ; Saint Patrick convertissant deux nobles irlandaises, musée Bonnat- Helleu) and by the Sociétés des Amis des Arts, promoters of contemporary art at the regional level (Nourrice ariégeoise in 1900, Une élégante et Lune de Miel in 1901; Marché à Ségovie in 1902). Several paintings by Hubert-Denis Etcheverry were popularized on postcards.
Hubert- Denis Etcheverry was considered, during his lifetime, as one of the best painters of his generation in Contemporary Artists Dictionary by Edouard-Joseph.

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