Gustave Courtois

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Gustave Courtois (1852–1923) was a French painter and a representative of the academic style of art.

Courtois was born in France to an unwed mother who was devoted to him. Early in life, Courtois revealed an interest in art and entered the École municipale de dessin in Vesoul (Franche-Comté). His drawings were shown to Jean-Léon Gérôme, and in 1869, Gérôme encouraged Courtois to enter the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Most of his paintings can be seen in the art galleries of Besançon, Marseille, Bordeaux, and Luxembourg. Gustave Courtois was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Among his students were Willard Dryden Paddock, Mary Rose Hill Burton, and Sara Page.