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Charles Francois


French Artist (1875 - 1939)

'Portrait of a Woman' 
Oil on canvas

12.5 x 17.5 in.



Musee des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, France  
Musee du Petit Palais, Musee d'Art Moderne,  

Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Carnegie Mellon Museum, Pittsburgh, Pa.

National Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

National Museum, Helsinki, Finland.

Trained under the renown master Gustav Moreau, Guerin started exhibiting his work at the Salon National des Beaux Arts de Paris in 1897, followed by the prestigious Salon d’Automne and des Independents.  His work was selected to be shown at the Galerie Druet in Paris, followed by shows in Munich in 1898, 1900 and 1911, Brussels in 1908, Amsterdam in 1912 and Rome in 1913.  He was also exhibited in a major show at the Carnegie Art Institute in 1922, as well as in Dallas, Texas, to much acclaim.  His work was acquired by the eminent art collector Ivan Morosov, and the entire collection is now housed at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin in Moscow.

Guerin was subjugated by the luminous and vibrant tonalities of the Renoir and Monet, and used the impressionist technique to convey intimacy and lyricism in his work.  He revolted against academic painting, preferring to use a palette of bold and radiant colors that were shocking to a society that had not yet been introduced to Fauvism.  His seductive portraits reveal an elegant combination of realism and romanticism, as are his illustrations for anthologies of the leading French poets of the time, Paul Verlaine and Alfred de Musset.  

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