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French genre painter; born in Paris Dec. 16, 1832. He studied under Philippon and Lafosse, and made his début at the Salon of 1859, his first painting, "Dragoon Making Love to a Nurse on a Bench in the Place Royale," auguring his success in the humorous vein. In 1861 he exhibited the painting "Arrest for Debt," and thereafter visited various countries, sojourning for some time in Spain, where he made several sketches of the manners and costumes of the people.

Worms was awarded medals for his exhibits at the Salons of 1867, 1868, 1869, and 1878, and was in 1876 created a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Following is a list of his paintings, several of which were purchased at high prices by American collectors: "Fountain in Burgos" (1863; Laval Museum); "Tavern in the Asturias" and "Departure of Smugglers" (1865); "Kitchen in Valencia" (1866); "Scene in Old Castile" (1867); "Romance à la Mode" (1868; Luxembourg Museum); "Welcome Visitor" and "Precocious Talent" (1869); "Sale of a Mule" and "A Letter Box" (1870); "Sheep-Shearing in Granada" (1872); "An Aunt-in-Law" (1873); "The Little Cabinet-Maker" (1874); "A Sensational Novel" and "One's Vocation" (1875); "The Dance of the Vito at Granada" and "Going to the Review" (1876); "The Bull Fountain in Granada" (1877); "Distracted Barber" and "Every Age Its Pleasures"(1878); "Pastoral Tournament" (1879); "Before the Alcalde" (1880); "Public Writer" (1882); and "Politicians" (1883).

Bibliography:
  • Champlin and Perkins, Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings, New York, 1892;
  • Singer, Allgemeines Künstler-Lexicon, Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1901;
  • Clement and Hutton, Artists of the Nineteenth Century and Their Works, Boston, 1880.
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