Antoine CALBET ✿

Antoine Calbet (1860-1944) French painter of portraits and genre scenes, he showed himself to be a talented watercolorist and became known as an illustrator. Antoine Calbet moved to Paris and joined the Fine Arts where he was a pupil of Michel, Alexandre Cabanel and the genre painter Edouard Antoine Marsal.
He has exhibited regularly since 1880 at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he became a member. He was appointed Officer of the Legion of Honor and medalist at the Salons of 1891, 1892 and 1893. He obtained a silver medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1900.
He was the friend of his compatriot from Lot-et-Garonne , the President of the Republic Armand Fallières, for whom he designed the menus of his meals, which made him known to Parisian salons.
In 1885, he created the gallery of ten portraits of illustrious men for the town hall of Agen. In 1908, he delivered to the Ducourneau theater, a huge canvas mounted on the ceiling of the auditorium. Calbet has also illustrated many works of works by Daudet, Goethe, Chateaubriand, Loti, Verlaine, Henri de Regnier, Pierre Louÿs, Jean Lorrain.

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