Saturday, December 13, 2014

Francois Bocion

In Ouchy
oil on canvas
34 x 61 cm
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Francois -Louis David Bocion (1828-1890) was a Swiss painter in the style of Impressionism. He gained his reputation as a " painter of Lake Geneva " with his light-filled, atmospheric and lifelike landscapes of Lake Geneva. 

He came from a wealthy merchant and artisan family of Lausanne. He studied art in Lausanne before going to Paris, France in the fall of 1845 to study further. During the early part of his career, his interest was in the field of illustration as well as in painting historical subjects. However, influenced by the landscapes of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, he began painting scenes from around Lake Geneva for which he is best remembered. Following a bout with typhoid fever, he returned home in 1849. In 1849 he took a job as a teacher of drawing at the Ecole Moyenne et Industrielle in his native Lausanne, and he held this position until his death. He was a jury member of exposure Municipale des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, and was a member of the Swiss Federal Art Commission.