Monday, November 21, 2011

Besnard, Paul-Albert

Under the Willows
91 x 61 cm
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection

Paul-Albert Besnard (1849 – 1934) was born in Paris and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts.
Until about 1880 he followed the academic tradition, but then broke away completely, and devoted himself to the study of color and light as conceived by the Impressionists. The realism of this group never appealed to his bold imagination, but he applied their technical method to ideological and decorative works on a large scale.