Hector Leroux (1829-1900)
La Vestale on the banks of the Tiber in Rome
Oil on wood
Signed lower right: Hector LEROUX
H. 21.7 - W.34.8 - D. 0.6 cm
Elegant oil on panel representing a vestal on the banks of the Tiber in Rome.
Louis Hector Leroux was born on December 27, 1829 in Verdun and died on November 11, 1900 in Angers.
In 1849, he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he was a pupil of François-Edouard Picot (1786-1866), a French neoclassical painter.
In 1857, he won a Second Prix de Rome for his composition on the theme of the "Resurrection of Lazarus". This success will allow him to be a resident at the Villa Medici in Rome the same year. During this stay, he will become a member of the "Caldarrosti" Group, a group of French artists from the Villa Medici, who were inspired by the exotic landscapes and scenes of local Roman life, whose motto was "Always ardent ".
Louis Hector Leroux started at the Salon de Peinture in 1863, where he obtained numerous medals. He was decorated with the Legion of Honor in 1877.
He is the brother of the painter Eugène Leroux and the husband of Clélia Leroux. His daughter Laura Leroux, wife of Louis Revault (1872-1936) is also a painter. A family of artists including the internationally renowned painter, Jean Jacques Henner (1829-1905), will produce the portraits.
Many of his works are exhibited in public collections such as those of the Musée de la Princerie in Verdun, the Musée d'Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Hector Leroux (1829-1900), oil on panel, 19th century