Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lynch, Albert

The flower girl
year unknown
oil on canvas
 60.3 x 41.3 cm (23.7 x 16.3 in.)
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Albert Lynch (1851 - 1912) was born in Trujillo, Peru to Irish parents. He is actually more closely tied to the French genre artists of the late nineteenth century. He settled in Paris, where he studied at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He showed his artwork in the Salon of French artists which he won a third class medal in 1890 and a first class medal in 1892, and a gold medal in the World's Fair of 1900.

Lynch specialized in painting portraits of beautiful young women to which he brought a charming elegance and sophistication typical of such belle epoque paintings. He worked most often in pastel or watercolor, although he occasionally used oils. His work, composed with exquisite sensitivity and romance, having an engaging sweetness and subtle sensuality that make them highly desirable, maintained the spirit of the Belle Epoque. He illustrated such books as Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac. He was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1901. After illustrating books & magazines, he eventually returned to Peru, where he died in 1912.