May 8, 2017
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), Charity, 19th century, etching, 8 1/8 x 6 11/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
French artist Alphonse Legros was born on this day in 1837. As a young man, Legros was an apprentice to a local painter and decorator. After this experience, he enrolled at an art school in Paris, where he became acquainted with Rodin. At this time, Legros studied with a scene-painter. Later in his career, Legros moved to London, where he taught at the South Kensington School of Art and University College, London. Legros is most well-known for his church scenes, beautiful landscapes, and portraits.