Henri Charles Etienne
was born in Paris on September 29th 1852.
He died in La bézole on September 27th 1913.
In 1884 he married
Eulalie Juliette Marie Louise Petiet who was a famous paintor from
Limoux. She died on April 17th 1893.
His father was
appointed as prefect of Puy de Dôme in 1848.
He was interested in
painting and he was the pupil of Maîtres Cadanel and Roux.
He painted pictures of
the military life and many portraits. He even got a price at the 1889
In 1875 he starts
exhibiting under his mother's name: Etienne Beaumetz.
His more famous
paintings are "Ils ne l'auront pas"(1887) and "Salut à
He was elected at the
general council for the district of Limoux in 1887 and was elected as
the president of the district assembly three times. On September 22
1889, he became the deputy for Aude. He was reelected in 1893, 1898,
1902, 1906 and 1910. He was highly regarded in the Palais Bourbon. He
was a member of the Gauche Democratique (democratic left wing)and he
said he loved justice and humanity. He voted for :
-the reduction of the length of military service
-the law against congregations
-the separation of the Church from the State
In 1896, he was the
president of the Radical Left, then he was the vice-president of the
In 1899 he was a
reporter for the Beaux Arts budget.
In 1900 he was the
president of the agriculture commission.
In 1905 he was
appointed as the secretary of Beaux Arts under Rouvier's government.
He was appointed again to this charge under Sarrien's, Clémenceau's,
Briand's, Monis',and Cailhaux's government.
In 1907, he sided with
the wine growers who were revolting instead of preparing his electoral
In 1911, he is
criticized by chansonniers when the MonaLisa disappears.
On January 7th 1912, he
is elected senator for Aude
Marie Petiet and
Etienne Dujardin-Beaumetz in La Bézole. He loved his wife and he
decided that his recumbent statue would watch over her last sleep.