Friday, February 27, 2015

Guillaume Fouace

Leaving for Jersey (Le Depart pour Jersey)
c. 1883
oil on canvas
size unknown
Musee des beaux-arts Thomas Henry, Cherbourg, France

On this painting, he shows, with a concern for social realism, a bourgeois family waiting for the boat that can be seen on the horizon. It indicates that he learned of Impressionism.

Guillaume Fouace (1837-1895) was a French painter. He produced over 700 paintings in a realist style, mainly portraits, still lifes and landscapes. Born to farmers in a hamlet of Jonville, he took over the family farm aged 24 after his father's death.

He had produced drawings since he was a child and his talent was recognized by the museum curator in Cherbourg, who gained him two municipal bursaries from Cherbourg to study art in Paris. There he studied before setting up a studio as a portrait painter. He then fought in the Franco-Prussian War. In 1870, three years after arriving in Paris, he exhibited at the Paris Salon. After the war he moved permanently to Paris with his wife, the daughter of a pharmacist in Cherbourg. He died of a pulmonary disease after receiving the medal of a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur.