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FORESTIER, Henri Joseph, French painter, born in Puerto Hincado, Santo Domingo, in 1797" died in Petit-Bourg, Guadeloupe, 23 December 1874. His father, a rich planter of the Spanish part of Santo Domingo, sent him to Paris in 1809 to study art. After studying under David, in 1810'12, he went to the school of the Beaux arts, where he took the second prize, and in 1813 the gold medal for his picture "The Death of Jacob." After two years in Rome he returned, in 1816, to his own country, where he remained for eleven years. Then, owing to the insecurity of the government, he sold everything He possessed, retired to PetitBourg, Guadeloupe, and devoted himself to his art. Forestier was considered one of David's best pupils. He had all the technique of his master, added to the fire of the ardent creole nature. His best pictures are scenes of colonial life and tropical landscapes. Among his works are "Ecce Homo " (1831)" "Un negre buvant le premier Tafia," which took the second medal at the Paris salon (1837)" "Fundrailles de Guillaume le conquerant" (1841)" "Paysages de SaintDomingue" (1854)" " Coueher de soleil sous les tropiques " (1855); "Le bon samaritain," ordered for the prefecture of the Seine; and" Une vierge a la creche," in the cathedral of Fort de France, Martinique. His "Jesus Christ guerissant une possedee" (1827) was purchased b.y the French government for the national museum in the palace of the Luxembourg, and gained for the artist the cross of the Legion of Honor. Forestier published a "' Histoire de la Guadeloupe," continued by A. Lacour, counsellor of the imperial court of Basse Terre (2 vols., Basse Terre, 1851).
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