French Artist (1865-1926)
'Woman Gazing out to Sea'
Oil on canvas,
11 x 16 in.
Musee du Louvre
Musee d’Art et d’Histoire de France, Versailles
Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes et de Troyes, France.
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture, Editions de l’Amateur, 1996
Patricot studied engraving at the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Lyon, followed by the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris under Cabanel. At the age of twenty-one, he won the coveted Grand Prix de Rome, and spent four years in studying the classics. Vision problems forced him to abandon engraving and take up oil painting, and he soon received commissions from the governments of France and Morocco to do portraits of high ranking military heroes and officers. He was in high demand and became very successful, ultimately being awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1904.
One prominent art critique said of Patricot: ‘His work speaks directly to the soul’, a sentiment that is echoed in the painterly quality of his renditions of young women. Patricot’s loosely constructed compositions are lyrical and Impressionistic, infused with light that permeates the entire pictorial surface and dematerializes space and matter.
His style and technique are reminiscent of those of John Singer Sargent, and the ethereal quality of his depiction figures underscores the hiehgly intimate and romantic appeal of his work.