Victor Gilbert was born in Paris in 1847.
Very early he presented predispositions for drawing. Born into a low-income family, he can not enroll in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Then, at the age of thirteen he was placed as an apprentice with Eugène Adam, painter and decorator. The day he was following his apprenticeship and the evening of art classes under the direction of Father Levasseur, at the School of the City of Paris. This was the only formal artistic training he received. Working alone, he began to exhibit still lifes at the Salon des Artistes Français. He also participated in the decorative paintings of the Paris City Hall. Around 1875, Gilbert received the financial support of Father Martin, whose boutique rue Laffitte was an arts center since the 1850s. Martin was the merchant including Boudin and Jongkind. At the Salon of 1875, his Portrait of Madame M. made him sufficiently successful as a painter that he ceased decorative painting. At the end of the 1870s, Victor Gilbert returned to the subjects he loved so much: the lively views of Paris with his flower vendors and markets. He becomes the painter of the Halles market in particular. Witness of his time, he likes to paint small trades crossed the corner of the suburbs and the Halles of Paris. He gives them nobility and pride. On this theme, he presented several paintings at the Salons of 1880 and 1881. Recognizing him as the official painter of this genre painting in Paris and thus ensuring his reputation. In his early works, his color palette is dark. Then gradually and under the influence of Impressionism, the artist softens his palette and adds light in his paintings. In 1889, he received a silver medal on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition. In 1897 he also received the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and in 1926 he received the Bonnat Prize.
Our painting represents a flower market rue Royale. Victor Gilbert is the painter of the flower markets. There are flowerbeds in Les Halles, in front of churches and in the streets. Here we are at the beginning of the 20th century, a spring morning, rue Royale. As the street begins to come to life, in the foreground a flower girl comes to install her cart full of seasonal flowers near the sidewalk. As for the same moment, an old lady runs after the highway towards the church of the Madeleine. The artist uses a bright color palette and bathes his canvas with a beautiful radiant light.
Paris, Petit Palais; Paris City Hall
Bordeaux, Museum of Fine Arts
Pau, Museum of Fine Arts
Dieppe, Museum of Fine Arts
Lille, Museum of Fine Arts
Le Havre, Museum of Fine Arts
Strasbourg, Museum of Fine Arts
E. Bénézit, Gründ edition, Volume VI, page 108.
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