Georges Le Meilleur (1861-1945)
Oil on wooden panel
50 x 61 cm
Painting in perfect state of preservation
With an old frame (a few light chips on the gilding)
Size with frame: 69 x 79 cm
- Artist's family
- Galerie Tuffier, Les Andelys, France
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Born in Rouen in 1861, from a family of textile manufacturers, he broke with the family tradition and settled at a very young age in Paris where he began to work in the entourage of Puvis de Chavannes and Raphaël Collin.
At the age of 21, he enrolled at the School of Fine Arts, in the studio of Cormon. His own studio was first located in Paris, rue du Val-de-Grâce, then rue Cardinet and, in 1908, boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr.
His first engraving was a drypoint in 1882.
He visited the south of France, Brittany, and travelled to Venice, but most of his inspiration came from the landscapes of Ile-de-France and Normandy.
He met Louis Barthou who became one of his collectors. Thus, during the period from 1914 to 1918, Georges Le Meilleur became ‘painter for the armies’.
In 1937, he received the grand prize for original black engraving from the Société Nationale des Beaux-Art de Paris with ‘La Poulinière’.
Between the two wars, he withdrew to Amfreville-la-Mivoie, where he spent his last years, still amazed by the light and the trees of the banks of the Seine.
Works by Georges Le Meilleur can be found notably in the National Library of Art and Archaeology, the British Museum, the Municipal Library of New York, the Chalcography of the Louvre, and the Museums of Rouen, Vincennes, and Pittsburgh.
In 1971, the Museum of Rouen paid tribute to him on the occasion of its salon.
- Georges Le Meilleur (1861-1945 )
- Titel des Kunstwerks
- Aigue-Blanche, Savoie
- Öl auf Tafel
- Nicht signiert
- Oeuvre unique
- 50×61×0 cm