Death of Moses oil painting by Alexandre Cabanel at the age of 27

made out of oil paint and canvas in 1850

Musée Fabre Montpellier, France, Europe

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By now William Bouguereau has made strong connections with art dealers, particularly Paul Durand-Ruel (later the champion of the Impressionists), who helped clients buy paintings from artists who exhibited at the Salons.

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