Louis Debras

1820 – 1899

Il più sconosciuto ed anonimo dei pittori che hanno preso parte alla prima mostra degli Impressionisti.

He was born in Peronne, in the Somme, northern France. He seems to have disappeared almost without trace: there are very few paintings of his accessible via the Internet, just one or two non-descript watercolours. This may be because he lived in the Somme, where of course the First World War destroyed so much.

The paintings listed for him in the catalogue of the First Impressionist Exhibition include a study of a peasant, a still life, and Rembrandt in his studio. He also showed a drawing of San Juan de la Rapita, in Spain. It is not known whether any of these remains in existence.