Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Albert Lynch

The Jolly Boat
oil on panel
54.6 x 77.4 cm
other detail unknown

Albert Lynch (1851-1912) was a Peruvian painter, born in Lima, Peru. He settled in Paris, where he studied at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited at the Salon from 1890 and was awarded a third class medal in that year, a first class medal in 1892, and a gold medal in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle.

He specialised in painting female subjects to which he brought a charming elegance and sophistication typical of such belle epoque paintings. His work 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 and La Parisienne by Henry Becque. He preferred pastel, gouache and watercolor although he occasionally worked in the oil technique. He was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1901. There is a great deal of disagreement about the dates and places of his birth and death.