Monday, June 25, 2012

Besnard, Paul-Albert

Madame Roger Jourdain
Oil on canvas
200 x 153 cm
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934) was born in Paris to parents who were both artists;  his mother was a distinguished miniaturist.
He began his art studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at age 17. In 1874, he was awarded the Grand Prix of Rome. Until about 1880 he followed the academic tradition, but then broke away completely. He began developing his own unique style departing from the methodologies learned at the Academy, devoting himself to the study of color and light as conceived by the Impressionists.
Besnard went on to a successful career and was appointed Member of the Academy des Beaux-Arts, the Acadamie Francaise, Grand-Croix de la Legion d'Honneaur.