ENJOLRAS Dephin ( 1857 / 1945 )
Dinner on the terrace.
Oil on canvas signed lower left.
21,8 / 28,8 in
Delphin Enjolras, born May 13, 1857 in Coucouron (Ardèche) and died December 23, 1945 in Toulouse, is a French academic painter watercolor.
He is best known for his intimate scenes of women dressed in indoor lights, pastel, oil or watercolor, which earned him the nickname "painter glare"
Delphin Enjolras was born on May 13, 1857 in the hamlet of Freydemeysous, in Coucouron in Ardèche. He is the first child of Casimir Enjolras and Delphine Laurent, little daughter of Captain Jean Antoine Souteyran du Béage.
His mother died at the age of 32. The family moved to Langogne. Around 1882, Delphin Enjolras will study for three years at the Notre-Dame-de-France boarding school in Puy-en-Velay. At the end of the boarding school, Mr. Giral, an engineer from the Ponts-et-Chaussées, encouraged him to prepare the entrance examination for the "Services vicinaux" but considering his passion for drawing, he advised him finally to orient himself to the National School of Fine Arts, Paris. He studied watercolor with Gaston Gérard then will have Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Courtois and Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret as masters.
When he graduated from school in 1889, he was offered a job as a drawing teacher at the Grenoble High School. But Delphin Enjolras will prefer to undertake an artistic career.
After a difficult start in Paris, he returned to Puy-en-Velay, where he painted the city's old neighborhoods or portraits. He will often exhibit at M. Farigoules, near the Pannessac tower. His portrait of prefect Bonnefoy Sibour, made in Corsica, will allow him to exhibit in 1889 at the Salon des Artistes Français. He will also make the portrait of General de Sonis, Admiral de Fayolle, General Thomas commanding the place of Paris, Charles Louis de Tinguy, deputy of Vendee.
In 1892, at the invitation of Mr. Blachère deputy of the Ardèche, the artist moved to Saint-Gilles-du-Gard where he realized several paintings inspired by Camargue life such as "The Return of the Bulls", " Sheep Camargue ", the" Market of Saint-Gilles ", the" Exit of Mass ". He married in 1893 with Marie Daudet. His pastel portraits of local personalities such as Mesdames de Geoffre, Montluire, Monteynard, Sabrant, Lafarge will assert his fame.
He will apply this pastel technique to highlight feminine grace in many scenes of women in intimacy, lit by the light of fire or a lamp.
He exhibited his works at the Paris Salon and became a member of the Society of French Artists in 1901. He will receive the academic palms for his painting "The death of Dupleix", acquired by the State.
Museums : Avignon, Le Puy en Velay.
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