(Mauritius, 1830 - Marseille, 1909)
Tribe returning to the highlands (Algeria)
Oil on panel
Signed lower left
14 x 25 cm
Great nephew of the painter Joseph BOZE (1745-1826), Honoré BOZE was born on April 19, 1830, in Mauritius to a Provencal father and a Hindu mother.
His father, Pierre BOZE, ship captain and merchant in Mauritius, became general councilor of Bouches-du-Rhône and Orleanist mayor of Martigues between 1837 and 1840 and then from 1847 to 1848. Following the political events of ' then, Pierre BOZE was obliged to leave Provence for a while and took his son to Paris. There, the aspiring artist discovered a true passion for painting and assiduously attended public exhibitions. When the BOZEs were able to return to Provence, Honoré devoted himself fully to his passion by attending classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Marseille, of which LOUBON was the director and was also his teacher.
BOZE by making portraits had the opportunity to make that of a charming widow whom he ended up marrying. The latter, owning several properties in Oran, thus afforded him the opportunity to make regular trips to Algeria, a country which was for him a continual source of inspiration for his paintings.
The orientalist art of BOZE is clearly influenced by Eugène FROMENTIN, an artist who became his model to follow after the various discoveries he made of his work in public exhibitions.
The artist exhibited regularly in Paris for 30 years from 1864 to 1894. He was also present in Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice… The works he chose to exhibit were portraits whose quality was recognized by critics and of course many orientalist paintings from the surroundings of Oran which made his reputation.
Honoré BOZE died in Marseille on January 5, 1909, at the age of 70.
Muséums : Marseille, Paris (Mus. Du quai Branly) …
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