Paul Huet

French painter, draughtsman and printmaker (1803 - 1869)

Huet studied at the studio of painter Pierre-Narcisse Guérin (1774 - 1833) in 1818, but developed most of his artistic skills as a young boy painting in Paris in the Parc Saint-Cloud and the Ile Séguin. He was also taught by painter Antoine-Jean Gros (1771 - 1835) between 1819 and 1822 and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

Huet became friends with the artist Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 - 1828) in 1820. They painted together in Normandy with other English landscape artists including John Constable (1802–1828), who became a key influence on Huet. He made his début at the Salon in Paris in 1827. He continued to exhibit there until his death. He was awarded a gold medal at the Exposition des Beaux-Arts in Lille and later made Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 1841. He also exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855.

He travelled extensively in France for most of his life, sketching rural areas and the coast. He also visited Italy between 1841 and 1843 and travelled to London, Belgium and the Netherlands in the early 1860s. He worked mainly in watercolour, pencil and pastel but experimented with different techniques and styles to try to capture the mood and atmosphere of Europe.

His son René-Paul Huet (born 1844) was also a painter.
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    Europe: Western Europe: France: Île-de-France: Paris
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    Europe: Western Europe: France: Île-de-France: Paris
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    Unknown or unrecorded
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