Jules Girardet (1856-1946)
Oil on canvas signed lower left
Dimensions: H. 93 x W. 73,5 cm
With frame: H. 130 x W. 110 cm
Jules Girardet was born in Versailles in 1856. He is a French painter of Swiss origin. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a pupil of the painter Alexandre Cabanel, an undisputed figure of academic painting in the middle of the 19th century.
After several trips to North Africa, Jules Girardet decided to specialize in genre scenes and history painting. A great admirer of William Bouguereau (1825-1905), Jules Girardet paints with great finesse the carnations of his characters as well as the fabrics. Installed in 1881 in his studio in Boulogne-Billancourt, he was immediately admitted to exhibit at the Salon. At the 1889 Universal Exhibition, he won a Silver Medal. Jules Girardet is one of the best academic painters of the late 19th century.
Our painting is a superb genre scene of large dimension. The perspective is part of a perfect composition, and every detail is perfectly done. On its original canvas, the painting is in perfect condition. This painting has kept its very important original frame, in wood and stucco gilded with leaf. The frame has not been cleaned because it is in a presentable state; it shows some small chips, wear and blackness visible on the picture. We can take care of cleaning the frame if the buyer wishes.
Geneva, Switzerland (Rath Museum)
E. Bénézit, Gründ edition, Volume XII, pages 58-59.