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Emmanuel Coulange-Lautrec

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Emmanuel de Coulange, or Coulange-Lautrec, was born in Nîmes, France. He took courses in architecture and decoration in Marseille and returned there in 1877 as a professor of industrial and decorative arts at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1856 and also worked as an illustrator of deluxe publications for a firm in Saint-Germain-des-Près. Coulange-Lautrec completed several designs for mural paintings in churches, mansions, and châteaux in the south of France as well as in the Grand Salon of the Marseille Stock Exchange. He is known for his landscape paintings of Provence and for his still lifes, which show a great admiration for Dutch masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. (JGK)