Studied under Gros (1830), then of Delaroche. 1837 — the second Roman prize. Widely known by his picture of the Romans era of decline, an example of which you can see what evolution has undergone classicism from the age of David, when the heroes of antiquity served as the ideal of morality and citizenship, to the image of Rome, steeped in pleasure and luxury. Antique has acquired traits of interest. Couture also worked on monumental paintings. Portraits (Alfred Brihaye, 1850, Montpellier, musée Fabre). The most interesting of his small sketches . Here, in contrast to the large canvases executed in a dry academic manner, is more beautiful and sincere.