(Paris, 1798 – Paris, 1860)
Hare hunting trophy
Signed lower left
64 x 49,5 cm
Student of Jean Victor BERTIN, Jules COIGNET is a painter almost exclusively landscaper and renowned for having made a point of honor at the end of his training to paint from nature.
COIGNET will be present at the Salon for nearly forty years between 1824 and 1859 and rewarded from his first participation by a second class medal in 1824, and honored a second time of the same medal in 1848. The artist will be knighted the Legion of honor in 1836.
COIGNET practiced mainly oil painting, watercolor and pencil, more rarely pastel. He also had a lithographer activity.
The artist is also the author of two books based on personal experience entitled Principes et études de paysages dessinés d’après nature published in 1831 and Cours complet de paysage published in 1833.
The work presented here is, at first, rare by the subject: a still life. Only two examples are known to us in his production by the Salon booklet (1840 : Paysage avec nature morte, 1850 : Nature morte). But this work is rare also by the technique practiced: the pastel, where again few examples are identified apart from the few studies presented in the same frame at the Salon of 1850. These findings, besides the fact to emphasize the character unusual in this pastel in the production of COIGNET, can also guide us towards a possible dating of the work of the years 1840-1850.
Museums : Washington (Nat. Gal. Of Art), New-York (MoMA), Brest, Dijon, Marseille, Paris (Louvre) Quimper, Rennes, Strasbourg, Versailles, Cambridge…
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