Although lesser known today, Paul-Albert Besnard (1849 - 1934) was a major figure of French art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, notably having won the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome for his picture La Mort de Timophane in 1866.
He was quite
active in academic life as well, serving as director of the Villa Medicis in Rome
(1913), member of the Academie Française (1924) and director of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris
work is abundant and quite creative, comprising more than 200 prints in
various media, though
mostly etchings, with an attentive use of various texturing techniques.
Robe de Soie
[The Silk Gown]