Our DEBUSSY connection?

Beginning in 1884, my daughters' Great-UncleDenys PUECH (Uncle who raised their late Grandma, Marcelle Clotilde Renée Puech-Arthaud) ... sculptor, winner of the "Prix de Rome" was a student at the Villa Medicis -- for 5 years...  Later, he was 2x the director.  Claude Debussy  (composer / pianist) was there at the same time!   

P.S.  Some years later, Denys received the King of Italy (as the, twice-Director of the Villa Medicis) on 21 June 1922 for the inauguration of the museum that he had founded in the villa.
Villa Médicis 1884.
Classical pianist and composer, Claude Debussy at the Villa Medici in Rome 1885  [at center - out-lined in yellow, in the white jacket]
The gentleman [red outline] leaning on the wall, his arm behind the decorative "orb" (ball) ...is Denys Puech! 
Debussy showed a gift as a  pianist  by the age of nine. He was encouraged by  Madame  Mauté de  Fleurville,
who was associated with the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, and in 1873 he entered the Paris Conservatory,
where he studied the piano and composition, eventually winning the  Grand Prix de Rome 1884 with his cantata
 L’Enfant prodigue (The Prodigal Child).As a holder of the Grand Prix de RomeDebussy was given a three-year
stay at the Villa Medici (at the same time as Denys Puech). There is NO doubt - they HAD to know each other!
 Wmust presume that Great-Uncle Denys KNEW Monsieur Debussy ! 
(An absolutely INCREDIBLE discovery, me thinks!)

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