Alphonse Legros

May 8, 1837 – December 8, 1911

Alphonse Legros was a French painter, etcher, sculptor, and medallist.

Legros was born in Dijon; his father was an accountant, and came from the neighboring village of Véronnes. While young, Legros visited the farms of his relatives, and the peasants and landscapes of that part of France are the subjects of many of his works. He was sent to the art school at Dijon with a view to qualifying for a trade, and was apprenticed to Maître Nicolardo, house decorator and painter of images. In 1851 Legros left for Paris to take another situation; but passing through Lyon he worked for six months as journeyman wall-painter under the decorator Beuchot, who was painting the chapel of Cardinal Bonald in the cathedral.