A Portrait of Intimacy

Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret met at art school and shared a life together. Does their sensual, masculine figurative work tell the whole story?

BY Christopher Harrity

July 12 2014 4:00 AM ET

Gustave Courtois's favored model and fellow artist, Carl Ernst von Stetten, painted by Courtois

The Martyrdom of St. Maurice by Gustave Courtois, and modeled by Carl Ernst von Stetten

The Martyrdom of St. Maurice, detail

St. Sebastian by Gustave Courtois, modeled by Carl Ernst von Stetten

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