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(b Brussels, 11 May 1823; d Paris, 24 Aug. 1906). Belgian painter, active mainly in Paris, where he settled in 1852. From about 1860 he achieved immense success with his pictures of young ladies in elegant interiors dressed in the height of fashion. His skill in rendering fine materials earned him the title ‘the Terborch of France’. He was a friend and supporter of Manet and influenced Whistler, with whom he was one of the first enthusiasts for Japanese art.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)