Eugene Montézin, (1864-1946)
son of a lace designer, who entered him in a workshop in Montezin,
abandoned this career very quickly, to follow the sirens songs
of the impressionism.
At the age of 17, he decided to devote himself to his passion: landscape painting.
A talented self-taught artist, he is not attached to any workshop.
A true nature lover, he developed an exceptional talent as a landscape painter thanks to a sharp sense of observation.
Sensitized since his childhood by his father, a great fishing and hunting enthusiast.
During his escapades in the surroundings of Paris he discovered the countryside and walked along the rivers, where he felt in communion with nature.
Strongly influenced by Monet, Montézin excelled in painting with a lively touch that seemed to make the canvas vibrate. His touch is made up of successive layers that intermingle with each other and create the sensation of movement.
In 1922, the Georges Petit gallery devoted an exhibition to him in Paris, which was a real success
1923, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
1932, he was awarded the medal of honor at the Salon des Artistes Français.
Since 1897, no landscape painter had received this recognition after Harpignies.
In 1933, he was promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honor and unanimously elected President of the Jury of French Artists. That same year he exhibited 237 paintings representing five years of work at the Galerie Charpentier.
On July 5, 1941, he was elected member of the Institut de France at the Académie des Beaux-arts, in the chair of Edouard Vuillard.
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