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|Artist Details : Felix Philippoteaux|
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Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux was born in Paris France in 1815 and studied art at the Studio of Leon Cogniet, a French historical and portrait painter. Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux first exhibited his work in 1833 at the Paris Salon. One of his most well-known works was the historical cyclorama depiction of the Seige of Paris during the Franco Prussian War, cyclorama paintings at the time were very popular these large panoramic painting on the inside of a cylindrical platform were designed to provide a viewer standing in the middle of the cylinder with a 360° view of the painting. The public would be surrounded by the painting and give them the feel of being part of the historic event. Many other painters including Alphonce de Neuville also produced these cylindrical works. Philippoteaux also produced a large number of works chronicling the rise and successes of Napoleon, including a portrait of Napoleon in his regimental uniform and a group of paintings of French victories during the Napoleonic wars, including the Battle of Waterloo which now hangs at Apsley House. Another of his great paintings was the Battle of Fontenoy. In 1846 Philippoteaux was awarded the Legion dhonneur. His son would also become a historical artist, and Paul Philippoteaux worked with his father in the production of military cycloramas including The Defence of the Fort dIssy in 1871 and the Battle of Gettysburg. Henri Félix Emmanuel Philippoteaux passed away in 1884. His obituary appeared on November 10th 1884 in the New York Times.
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