"Paris. b. at Saint Omer, 1836. A member of a wealthy family, his parents intended him for an official career, but he was only willing to join the army, and entered the school at lorient. here his astonishing skill in drawing was remarked. In order to make peace with his family he went to Paris and entered the law-school, but he spent more time at the military school and in the Champs-De-Mars, sketching and becoming familiar with all the details of a soldier's life. He returned home declaring he would be a painter or nothing. His friends endeavored to discourage his determination, and the artists upon whom he called in Paris advised him to go back home. Delacroix, how- ever, became his friend, and with him Deneuville spent many hours. Deneuville's first pictures were unsuccessful, but the Franco-Prussian war gave him inspiration and subjects almost without limit, and since that time the artist has produced some of the greatest battle-pictures of any time. His works already command enormous prices. " He has freedom, audacity, movement, truth of physiognomy, truth of gesture, truth of color, at the end of his brush, and all without visible effort. Ernest Duvergier de Hauranne." [P. 25.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.