Brother of Jean-Achille Benouville. He was a student of Picot
at the same time as his brother and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts
at the age of 16. He exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1838 and
won the Prix de Rome in 1845 (the same year as his brother) with his
Christ before the Tribunal (Paris, Ecole N. Sup. B.-A.), the almost
violent intensity of expression and realism of which is rare in
paintings of this period. In Rome he became interested in Early
Christian art, from which he acquired a sense of the monumental
without being distracted from his search for realism, as exemplified
in Martyrs Led away to their Ordeal (1855; Paris, Louvre).
The Wrath of Achilles
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