Pierre-Eugène Montézin was born in Paris in 1874. From an early age, he observed the creations of his father, designer of laces of renown.
At the age of 17, he was hired as an apprentice in a house of decoration where he painted flower panels and created original ornaments.
Talented self-taught artist he is attached to no workshop. A true nature lover, he develops an exceptional landscaping talent thanks to a keen sense of observation. Sensitized from his childhood by his father, a big fan of fishing and hunting. During his escapades in the Paris area, Montézin accompanied him regularly. He discovered the countryside and walked along the rivers, where he felt in communion with nature and could appreciate its beauty and diversity.
Pierre-Eugène Montézin is a visionary painter. His modern touch does not correspond to the expectations of the academicism of the time. At the age of 19, he decided to present his works at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, which denied him access for ten years. But the artist does not give up. By dint of tenacity and perseverance, the Salon opened its doors in 1903.
In 1907, he won the 3rd class medal and in 1910 the 2nd class gold medal.
1914, the war breaks out. Montézin engages and leaves to fight on the front. At the end of the war, he is decorated with the Military Medal. During the conflict he continues to paint as soon as the opportunity arises. He leaves some memories of his stay in Soissons, painting the ruins of the Cathedral and those of the abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes.
From 1919, he devotes himself fully to his art and begins to live. In 1920, he received the Rosa Bonheur Prize.
In 1922, the Georges Petit Gallery devotes an exhibition to him in Paris. Thanks to the sale of his works he can buy land in Neuilly-sur-Seine and build a house with a large workshop that he will live until his death.
1923, he is named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
1925, he buys a country house in Veneux-les-Sablons, a small village near Moret-sur-Loing. From then on he shares his life between the city and the countryside.
In 1932, he won the medal of honor at the Salon des Artistes Français. Since 1897, no landscape painter had received this recognition after Harpignies.
In 1933, he was promoted to the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor and then unanimously elected President of the Jury of French Artists. That same year, he exhibited at Galerie Charpentier 237 paintings representing five years of work.
1934, he stays a few months in Brittany, then in 1935 in Venice and travels through Italy.
In 1938, he exhibited at the Galerie Durand-Ruel on the theme "life in Paris, life in Nice" where he presented 17 paintings on Paris and 23 on Nice.
During the Second World War, he left in 1940 with his family a few times in Creuse where he painted a lot.
On July 5, 1941, he was elected member of the Institut de France at the Academy of Fine Arts, Edouard Vuillard's chair.
1946, Montézin leaves for Brittany. Going to Moëlan-sur-Mer to paint on the pattern, he died at the age of 72, his canvases and his box of colors hung on the back.
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