Dimensions: H. 14.6 x W. 11.4 inches (with frame: H. 18.9 x W. 16.1 inches)
Pierre-Eugène Montézin was born in Paris in 1874. From an early age, he liked to watch his father create; he was famous for his drawings of lace. At 17 years old, he was hired as an apprentice at a decoration company where he painted panels of flowers and created original ornamental designs.
He is a talented self-taught artist that is not affiliated with any artistic studio. A true nature lover, Montézin developed an exceptional talent for painting landscapes thanks to his keen sense of observation.
Pierre-Eugène Montézin was an artist before his time. His modern touch did not correspond with what the academy at the time deemed respectable. At the age of 19 years old, he decides to present some artworks at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris in which he was denied access to the Salon, and resulted in him being barred for ten years. However, Montézin did not give up. With his strong tenacity and perseverance, the Salon finally opens up its doors to him in 1903.
In 1907, he obtains the 3ème classe medal and in 1910 he is awarded the gold medal of the 2ème classe.
In 1914, the war breaks out. Montézin enlists himself and he leaves for combat to be on the front lines. At the end of the war, he is decorated with the Médaille Militaire.
Starting in 1919, he completely devotes himself to his art and is able to live off of his artworks. In 1920, he receives the Prix Rosa Bonheur. In 1922, the Georges Petit Gallery dedicates an entire exhibition to him in Paris. In 1923, he is named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 1933, he was promoted to the rank of Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, and then is unanimously elected as the Président du Jury des Artistes Français.
During World War II, he leaves in 1940 for a while with his family in Creuse, where he paints a lot.
On July 5, 1941, he is elected as member of the Institut de France at the Académie des Beaux-Arts to fill in Edouard Vuillard’s place.
In 1946, Montézin leaves for Brittany. While going to Moëlan-sur-Mer to paint there in open air, he dies at the age of 72 years old with his paintings and box of paints attached to this back.
Our painting was made around 1920. The touch is thick and quick. The artist made this bouquet in full paste so that each flower could catch the light he loved so much. It bears a dedication dated January 1921 to Simone Hirch. She was the daughter of Raphaël Hirch, a close friend of Pierre-Eugène Montézin.
Paris, Petit Palais
Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts Lille, Petit Palais
Roubaix, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie
Bénézit, Gründ édition, Tome 9, p. 783-784