Oil on canvas framed
Signed and dated 1870 upper left
The biographer of Adolphe-Félix Cals (Arsène Alexandre) defined the artist's reason for living as follows
The Happiness of Painting
Cals (Paris 1810 - 1880 Honfleur) lived and worked most of his life in Paris which led him to rub shoulders with Degas, Monet, Pissaro (Salon des refusés, 1863). The art dealer Martin befriended him and allowed him to sell paintings and to meet Count Doria, a great collector, who welcomed him in his castle of Orrouy where he could paint without material worries.
From 1871, he divided his life between Paris and Honfleur and was one of the precursors of Impressionism.
Museums preserving his works:
Musée d'Orsay (Marine)
Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambrige) (still life circa 1860,
The Cleveland Museum of Art (still life, 1858)
Minneapolis Institute of Art (still life, 1847)
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