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Business News/ News / World/  Google Doodle celebrates renowned French painter Louis Joseph César Ducornet's 218th birthday; all you need to know
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Google Doodle celebrates renowned French painter Louis Joseph César Ducornet's 218th birthday; all you need to know

Google Doodle celebrated the 218th birthday of French painter Louis Joseph César Ducornet, who painted with his foot due to limb abnormalities caused by phocomelia.

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Google Doodle celebrates renowned French painter Louis Joseph César Ducornet's 218th birthday

Google Doodle commemorated the 218th birthday of renowned French painter Louis Joseph César Ducornet on 10 January. Ducornet who was well-known in the 1800s, painted exclusively with his foot because he had abnormalities in his limbs from birth.

Born in 1806, Ducornet was born with a condition called phocomelia, causing malformations in his arms and legs. As per Google Doodle description, Ducornet didn't have arms or a left leg, but had four toes on his right foot. As he couldn't walk, his father carried him around during his childhood. One day, Ducornet picked up a piece of charcoal with his toes and started creating sketches, sparking a lifelong passion for painting.

He became a proficient illustrator and also attracted attention of local schools and artists. Moreover, he was also able to study and train under renowned painters in Paris, supported by the government pension.

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Early in his career, the Google doodle stated that Ducornet focused on biblical centered pieces like Repentance (1828) and St. Louis Administering Justice. Both these paintings remain on display at the Lille Museum till day.

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Despite Ducornet's inability to qualify for the Prix de Rome, a French scholarship foundation due to his disability, he did garner recognition through several awards from the esteemed Salon d’Art.

In the year 1840, Ducornet painted Mary Magdalene which the French government purchased from him. He also created one of his most well-known pieces, a self-portrait in which he is shown painting with his foot. His historical scenes and portraits still continue to adorn some of the most renowned art museums, it states.

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Published: 10 Jan 2024, 08:58 AM IST
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