Louis-Auguste SECOND, named FEREOL (Amiens, 1795 - Orleans, 1870)
View taken around Fontainebleau
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1841 lower right
55 x 65 cm
Exhibition: Paris Salon of 1842 under number 665
Louis -Auguste Second, known for Fereol, had an interesting protean artistic career. He was born in an environment of actors-himself actor son, he was the cousin of Marie Dorval (the famous romantic actress who was the mistress of Alfred de Vigny) and nephew of Mademoiselle Mars. After the military school of Saint-Cyr, he became lieutenant in the young imperial guard, and participated in the campaign in France in 1814. But he quickly converts in the show and in 1817 became an opera singer (tenor) at the Opéra Comique where he officiated until 1838, before exercising his talents at the Renaissance Theatre. He is also a playwright (he wrote for example "Five years of intermission" in 1833). Character quite famous at the time, his miniature portrait by Paul Gomien is exposed to the Salon of 1835. The painting is another of its activities, not least. A student of Xavier Leprince, he exhibited at the Salon in 1824, and this regularly until 1848. In 1834, there has not less than 7 tables! It is basically landscapes, a rather traditional style, representing North views (Douai, Boulogne ...), Picardy (Amiens), Paris and its surroundings, Fontainebleau, and especially the Sologne Orleans, city of which he attended high school. At the Salon, he is domiciled in Paris at different addresses in the Batignolles district until 1835, then in Orléans from 1837. Widowed in 1832 his cousin Eugenie Boutet Monvel whom he married in 1822, he retired his property in "the ormette" in Saint-Denis en Val Loiret before finally settling in Orléans in 1846. he even led a fairly active social life (he had already founded the Musical Institute eg ). His son Felix was born there in 1825, and there will be a lawyer before embracing a medical career. Bonapartist convinced, holder of the medal of St. Helena, he received the Legion of Honor in 1862. His exacerbated patriotism manifests itself one last time when suicide September 5, 1870 after learning of the capitulation of Sedan. He is the great-grandfather of the brothers Jacques and Pierre Brissaud, famous painters and illustrators.