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ALEXANDRE COLIN (1798-1875)
Romantic watercolor depicting a scene from the novel by Walter Scott (1771-1832) "Quentin Durward" published in 1823.
Monogrammed watercolor lower left.
In its original frame in rosewood stained wood.
On the back, an old label mentioning the theme of the work, its provenance (M. Colin Boulevard Berthier in Paris, probably a member of the artist's family). This watercolor was exhibited at the Victor Hugo Museum in Paris in 1927 for the exhibition "La Jeunesse des Romantiques", No. 298.
Watercolor only: Height 13.5 cm x Length 10.5 cm.
Frame: Height 32.3 cm x Length 25.3 cm.
Alexandre Marie Colin (Paris 1798-1875) is a French painter and lithographer.
Colin comes from a bourgeois family with artistic ancestry: his maternal grandfather was one of the two Challe brothers, either Simon, sculptor, or Michelangelo, designer of the king's cabinet, both prizes in Rome. The Colins also said they were related to Greuze and the portrait painter Drouais.
A close friend of the famous painters Eugène Delacroix, Théodore Géricault and Richard Parkes Bonington, he belongs to the Romantic School. He painted history paintings and subjects inspired by William Shakespeare, Byron and Victor Hugo. Alexandre-Marie Colin is also known as a portrait painter.
Alexandre-Marie Colin entered the studio of painter Anne-Louis Girodet at the École des Beaux-arts in Paris on February 19, 1814, where he studied until 1817.
From 1815, Eugène Delacroix, who would become his friend, attended the studio of Pierre-Narcisse Guérin there. Colin began at the Salon of 1819 with a portrait of a woman, and exhibited 29 works there until 1868; he obtained a medal in 1824, 1831, and 1840.
In 1821, he traveled to Normandy with the painter Bonington, his friend and fellow student. In 1825, Bonington and Colin spent a few months in London. They find a whole group of artists there, in particular Eugène Isabey, Copley Fielding and Delacroix. On their way back to Paris, they stop at Saint-Omer, where they meet the painter Hippolyte-Joseph Cuvelier (1803-1879).
Colin exhibited three canvases at the Royal Academy in London in 1829. He took part there again from 1849 to 1853, as well as at the British Institution in 1830, 1849 and 1851.
Like Delacroix and other artists of his time, he contributed to two important exhibitions for the benefit of the Greeks at the Galerie Lebrun in 1826, presenting three works there: Le Giaour, inspired by Byron, Épisode de la guerre contemporaine en Greece and L ' Greek child.
From 1834 to 1838, his friend Charles Rivet (1800-1872), appointed prefect of Nîmes, entrusted him with the management of the city's drawing school. He called his brother, Paul-Hubert Colin, sculptor, to head the school of sculpture and ornamental drawing that he had just created. Paul-Hubert sculpts the recumbent statue which adorns the tomb of Marie Juhel wife of Alexandre and herself a painter who died in Nîmes in 1838 and rests in the cemetery of Saint Baudile. Alexandre returned to Paris in 1839.
Appointed in 1849 as drawing master of the École Polytechnique, he produced in 1863-1865 for the School medallion portraits of Jacques-Élie Lamblardie, Gaspard Monge, Lazare Carnot, Claude-Antoine Prieur-Duvernois, Antoine-François Fourcroy, Joseph-Louis Lagrange and Claude Louis Berthollet, as well as Napoleon I and Napoleon III.
Le Bénézit (1949) indicates the names of the many actors of his time that he will represent in full length, in the costumes of their roles: Armand, Baptiste elder, Cartigny, Dabadie, Damas, Desmousseaux, Firmin, Fontenay, Frénoy, Grandville, Lafon , Lemonnier, Ménier, Michelot, Monrose, Nourit, Nourrit, Pitrot, Potier, Raffile, Talma, Thérigny, Vernet, Mmmes Bourgoin, Branchu, Bras, Brocard, Carmouche, Clara, Demerson, Desbrosses, Duchesnois, Dupuis, Dussert, Eléonore, Grassari, Lemonnier, Leverd, Levesque, Mante, Paradol, Pauline, Louise Pierson, Prad'her, Tousez ... most of them forgotten.
In 1851, he was in charge of the decoration of the Saint-Roch church in Paris in the 1st arrondissement. He produced two paintings there, The Funeral of Saint Nicholas and Saint Nicholas Appeasing the Storm.
The artist ceased to participate in the annual salons in 1870. Heir to several generations of artists, he died in 1875, leaving behind him a lineage which offered to the history of art a large number of painters, draftsmen and artists. 'architects. Three of his daughters were artists: Héloïse married the painter Auguste Leloir, Anaïs his younger daughter married the architect Gabriel Toudouze, and Laure with the painter Gustave Noël. The next generation also gave several artists to the family tree.
Many of Colin's works are kept in museums: Fine Arts Museums in Strasbourg, Nîmes, Béziers, Dijon, Nancy… 4 paintings in the Louvre, 11 portraits at the Palace of Versailles…
|Style||French Restoration, Charles X (Watercolors of French Restoration, Charles X Style)|
|Century||19th century (Watercolors 19th century)|
|Artist||Alexandre Colin (1798-1875)|
|Length (cm)||25,3 cm cadre compris|
|Height (cm)||32,3 cm cadre compris|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days|
|Location||75015, Paris, France|