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Rench School of the late eighteenth attributed to Louis-Philippe Crépin (1772-1851) - Live maritime landscape.
The artist offers us an animated landscape most certainly painted in the 1790s
His work is carried out with emotion and meticulousness as a worthy successor to his mentor Claude Joseph Vernet but also Charles François Lacroix of Marseille.
It is interesting to note that an engraving of this painting has been made, that other painters have made copies after engraving (composition reversed therefore, compared to our painting)
Canvas canvas of 84 cm by 66 cm
Beautiful old frame of 100 cm by 85 cm
Louis-Philippe Crépin (1772-1851)
Painter of the Navy, he paints historical, anecdotal and allegorical subjects, today exposed in various museums (Versailles, Orleans, Tours ...), landscapes of Italian villas, waterfalls or realistic and meticulous water courses, with bright effects worked well.
He was a student of Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) to which he owes his taste for marine painting and Hubert Robert (1733-1808) who initiated him to landscape painting. He was, well before that, a sailor for four years as a gabier, then a helmsman. He began to exhibit at the Salon in 1796 with "The exit of the port of Brest". He exhibited there until 1835 intermittently.
His most famous painting Combat of the French frigate La Bayonnaise against the English frigate Ambush 14 December 1798 was commissioned by Napoleon 1st for the palace of Tuileries in Paris. It was exhibited at the Salon in 1801. Initially placed in the first Salon of the Empress at the castle of Saint-Cloud, this painting entered Versailles under Louis Philippe in 1834. Since 1935, it is exhibited at the National Museum of the Navy .
In a letter dated July 10, 1817 addressed to the Minister of the Navy and Colonies, Laurent de Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, Crepin writes: "Charged for more than twenty years to paint marine subjects for the Government and more particularly for the Ministry of Marine ".
It is sometimes stated that he had a workshop at the Ministry of the Navy.
In a letter of January 14, 1832, he asks the Legion of Honor as "Painter artist of the Navy by ministerial decision. Since 1793, I have constantly served or worked for the navy: on board warships as seaman and the wheelhouse alternating service to the sea ... ". Crepin, at the time of his appointment as a painter of the Department of the Navy in 1830, had previously suffered a failure: he had been discarded during the contest in 1817 of painter appointed the Grand Admiral of France, in favor of Louis Garneray.
It is an aging painter, then aged 58 in 1830, whose career seems to be on the decline, who is named one of the first two painters of the Department of the Navy (with Theodore Gudin). He left during the Algiers expedition with artists younger than him, Theodore Gudin, Eugene Isabey, Leon Morel-Fatio, Adrien Laine.
In the Maritime Annals of 1836, Augustin Jal declares: "At the decline of Monsieur Crépin, Messrs Gudin and Isabey were already shining ... A man whose reputation, very well justified, certainly by a masterpiece of the genre and by some remarkable pieces, is now quite removed from the quarry; at least he does not expose anymore.
It was his pupil Jean-François Hue who was appointed to continue the series of ports of France by Joseph Vernet.