Les Baigneuses
by Albert Aublet

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Albert Aublet was a pupil of Claudius Jacquand and Gérôme. Very early on, he was drawn to the East, first visiting Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1881, then travelling to Algiers with Gérôme in 1883 and later to Tunis, where he finally settled around 1905.

Aublet attracted attention when he first exhibited at the Salon of 1873, showing Butchery Interior at Le Tréport, which was bought by Alexandre Dumas the Younger. In France he exhibited paintings and sculptures in turn at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1890 and 1914, and at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1910 to 1937. He received a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889, and gold medals in Amsterdam, London and Madrid. In 1890 he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur. He took part in the Salon des Peintres Orientalistes Français and the Exposition Coloniale in Marseilles and Paris in 1906, 1922 and 1931.

Aublet illustrated Guy de Maupassant's Strong as Death ( Fort Comme la Mort). His works include: Nero Poisoning the Slaves; Duke of Guise; Reservists' Wash-bowl (1880); Portrait of Gyp; Around a Score by Massenet; Corpus Christi; Christ Calming a Storm in the church of Le Tréport; and Turkish Woman. He also painted a traditional image of Tunisian women.

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St-Étienne: Nero Poisoning the Slaves