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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Alfred Agache


Vanity
1885
oil on canvas
size unknown
Palais des beaux-arts de Lille, France

Alfred Agache (1843-1915) was a French academic painter. Little is known of Agache. He was born in Lille, France, and exhibited his work frequently in Paris until his death. He seems to have specialized in portraits and large-scale allegorical paintings. He was a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais, and won a third-class medal in 1885 for his work. He may have been friends with American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler and French writer Auguste Angellier; the latter dedicated a book to him around 1893. He was awarded the Legion d'honneur.