by Fernand Cormon (French, 1845-1927)
oil painting on canvas, framed
canvas: 24 x 20 inches
framed: 29 x 25 inches
Superb oil painting by the highly celebrated and famous French portrait painter, Fernand Cormon (1845-1927). The work is signed and dated to the lower left and is an excellent example of his work.
At an early age he attracted attention for the perceived sensationalism in his art, although for a time his powerful brush dwelled with particular delight on scenes of bloodshed, such as the Murder in the Seraglio (1868) and the Death of Ravara, King of Lanka at the Toulouse Museum. The Musee d'Orsay has his Cain fleeing before Jehovah's Curse; and for the Mairie of the fourth arrondissement of Paris he executed in grisaille a series of panels: Birth, Death, Marriage, War, etc. A Chiefs Funeral, and a series of large paintings for the Museum of natural history in Paris with themes from the Stone Age, occupied him for several years. He was appointed to the Legion of Honor in 1880. Subsequently he devoted himself to portraiture.
Being well-accepted at the annual Salon, he also ran an art school, the Atelier Cormon in the 1880s where he tried to guide his students to create paintings which would be accepted by the Salon's jury. Among his now famous students were, for instance: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Louis Anquetin, Eugene Boch, Emile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. Matisse and Villon
Item: Fernand Cormon
Item Code 10195