Henri Breuil

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Breuil, Henri

(äNrē` brö`yə), known as

Abbé Breuil

(äbā`), 1877–1961, French archaeologist, paleontologist, and cleric. He taught at the Institut de paléontologie humaine, Paris, after 1910. During much of his lifetime, Breuil was considered the foremost authority on Paleolithic cave art. He copied and published hundreds of examples of rock carvings and paintings from Europe and Africa and advanced the first well-informed interpretations of the significance of prehistoric art. His principal work is Four Hundred Centuries of Cave Art (tr. 1952).


See biography by A. H. Brodrick (1963).

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En faisant front commun avec l'lnstitut ethnologique de la Sorbonne, cree en 1925, que preside Lucien Levy-Bruhl et ou il enseigne aux cotes de Marcel Mauss ou du prehistorien Henri Breuil, Rivet donne une assise perenne aux nouvelles sciences humaines.
In summer 1902, Cartailhac traveled to Northern Spain to study Altamira cave with a young priest and graduated in Natural Sciences, Henri Breuil (18771961), who helped him to draw the prehistoric manifestations of the cave.
The IPH enrolled as professors two rising catholic scholars in the field of prehistory, the French Henri Breuil and the German Hugo Obermaier (18771946), both of whom were trained naturalists and Catholic priests (Hurel 2007b).
A monk, Henri Breuil, saw similarities to Cretan paintings and deduced that the figure was a white woman.
Curtis may be rather too respectful of the eminent French archaeologist Abbe Henri Breuil (1877-1961), who memorably called the Lascaux cave "the Sistine Chapel of prehistory.
For this reason, the initial interpretation of the cave paintings by Henri Breuil (1887-1961), who suggested that they represented an invocation of a magic or religious nature, made in order to secure a successful hunt, is by and large rejected today, and even though this theory is not ruled out, it is more widely thought that it could be linked with a facet of the social structure of the peoples, among whom this form of artistic expression developed.
Four French prehistorians have been chosen, who followed one another and partially overlapped in time: Gabriel de Mortillet (1821-1898), Emile Cartailhac (1845-1921), Salomon Reinach (1858-1932) and Henri Breuil (1877-1961).
Henri Breuil is one of the best examples of the generation of Catholic churchmen in the last years of the nineteenth century that took an interest in the study of prehistory and became brilliant researchers in the first half of the twentieth century (Coye 2006; Hurel 2003, 2011; Ripoll 1994).
This is how Burkitt met their guest, the French abbot Henri Breuil (1877-1961).
Burkitt's second journey through Spain, still in the company of Henri Breuil, was indeed intense.
By considering these complementary sources together, I reconstructed for the first time (Smith 2009: 19-28) that burkitt had been admitted to the university of Cambridge in 1909 and by 1913 had met l'Abbe Henri breuil, considered by all, at that time, to be the greatest living authority on prehistory.
Asi lo manifiesta la magnifica Miscelanea en Homenaje al Abate Henri Breuil (1877-1961) (Barcelona, 1964), que el Dr.