Canvas 84 cm by 72 cm
Exceptional frame 122 cm by 110 cm
Antoine Vollon (1833-1900)
Student of the engraver Charasse then of Vibert at the school of fine arts in Lyon (1851-1855), he shares with Ribot the taste of violent lighting, muted tones and solidity of the material. He settled in Paris in 1863 and started at the salon the following year; he will exhibit there until 1900. He is better known as a painter of still lifes with a beautiful richness of paste. We know him a few portraits. His shipments to the Salon, almost always acquired by the state, confirm his success. He also performs landscapes, in oil or watercolor with the same seriousness, especially in the search for realism. He works in the south, around Paris, in Normandy where he paints Le Tréport with Ribot and Boudin but also in Belgium. Elected by the Academy of Fine Arts, in 1900 he was part of the jury for the Universal Exhibition. He was considered in his time as one of the princes of French Art and as such loaded with official honors. Star of the Paris salons, he was medalist in 1965, 1968 and 1969 to which must be added a first class medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1878. He is an officer of the Legion of Honor.