A 19th-century French School river landscape painting, attributed to the masterful François Joseph Guiguet (1860-1937). The texture is smooth to the touch.
This artwork showcases regular and discreet brushstrokes that embody the artist's precision and control. The carefully chosen realistic color palette is used to depict the fading light at the end of the day on the river, creating an aura of serenity and peace. The golden wooden frame harmonizes flawlessly with the warm hues of the scene, adding a touch of elegance to the piece.
About the artist: François Joseph Guiguet was born in Corbelin, southeastern France, in 1860 and passed away in the same town in 1937. A versatile artist, Guiguet studied at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon before continuing his education in Paris under the guidance of Léon Bonnat and Gustave Moreau. He gained recognition for his oil paintings and watercolors, which mainly featured landscapes, genre scenes, and still lifes.
In 1889, Guiguet established his studio in Paris, located in the 18th arrondissement, where he forged close friendships with renowned artists such as Edgar Degas and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. He was also a member of the "Groupe de la rue du Midi," a circle of artists from Lyon that included painters Louis Janmot and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Guiguet's works were exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, starting in 1886, and he received a medal of honor in 1900.
Throughout his career, Guiguet's paintings were showcased in various exhibitions in France and internationally, including the Royal Academy in London. Apart from his prolific painting career, Guiguet served as a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon for over two decades, mentoring numerous aspiring artists. He was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon in 1920.
Today, Guiguet's artistic contributions to 19th and early 20th-century French painting are widely celebrated, particularly through his connections with other esteemed artists of his time. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
- Overall Size: 9.4" x 12.2" / 24cm x 31cm.
- Size without the frame: 7.4" x 10.2" / 19cm x 26cm.
- Country: France.
- Origin: Artist's descendants.
- Signed: Attributed to François Joseph Guiguet (1860-1937).
- Date: Late 19th century.
- Condition: The panel has several gaps and traces on the pictorial layer; the frame shows charming age-related wear.
- Materials: Oil on wood panel with a wood frame.
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