GEORGES ANTOINE ROCHEGROSSE
Oil on Canvas
19⅝ x 23¾ Inches
Stamped twice verso, 'Salon des Artistes Francaises, 1935'
Additional label verso 'Les Petits Tableaux Paris'
Georges Rochegrosse studied with Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger and made his Paris Salon début in 1882 with 'Vitellius Dragged Through the Streets of Rome by the People' (1882, Musée Sens). The following year, he won the prestigious Prix du Salon with Andromaque (1882–83, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen). In quite another style, and a masterpiece of color, is his 'Le Chevalier aux Fleurs' (The Knight of Flowers,1894; Musée d'Orsay, Paris). Rochegrosse was elected an Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1892 and received the medal of honor in 1906 for 'The Red Delight'. He also illustrated several successful books and many of his drawings for these are held in the permanent collection of the British Museum in London. Rochegrosse lived and painted his final years in Algeria, but he died in Paris and is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery. Over the course of a long and storied career, Rochegrosse exhibited a total of forty-three times at the Salon des Artistes Françaises, (1882-1887, 1889-1891, 1893-1896, 1898 to 1899, 1901, 1903, 1905-1909, 1911-1914, 1920-1929, 1931-1937). He was the recipient of numerous juried awards including the Salon prize in 1883, the Medal of Honor in 1906 and the Gold Medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. He was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1892, and an Officer of the Legion in 1910. We are pleased to offer this exceptional work of French Romanticism, painted in Algiers and dating to the artist's mature period.
Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol. 11, p. 793; Mallett’s Index of Artists, Daniel Trowbridge Mallett, New York, 1948, p.374; Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler, Vol. 27/28, p. 449; Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler, Vollmer Supplement, Vol. 4, p. 84; Schurr, Les Petits Maitres de la Peinture Valeur de Demain, p. 89; et al.
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