Joseph Bail (1862-1921)
was a French painter, specializing in genre scenes in the Dutch style.
He was the second son of Antoine Jean Bail, with whom he began his training, then under the direction of Jean-Léon Gérôme. He was very well known and appreciated during his lifetime and his paintings are in many museums.
His first successes date from 1878, the year in which he began to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Français.
The composition of his paintings, always elegant, is skillfully handled.
Some of his works, such as The Lacemakers, were very successful.
Josep Bail received numerous awards: in 1886, a third class medal; in 1889, a silver medal; in 1900, a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibitions; finally, in 1902, he was awarded the Salon's medal of honor.
He excels in creating in his paintings a very vivid light due to the radiant glow of a few bright spots or to the direct projection of the outside day.
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