"Oil On Canvas Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy Dit"Very beautiful scene by GEO, Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy (1853 - 1924) "oil on canvas 41 x 27 signed lower right, titled," at the dispensary, my little one at your turn "Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy Son of a Charentais tailor and of a mother of Scottish origin, Jean Geoffroy moved to Paris at the age of 18. He apprenticed with the painter and lithographer Eugène Levasseur, who introduced him to the Ecole des Beaux- Arts where he entered Bonnat's studio in 1871. He also worked with the painter-decorator Emile Adam. But these were two essential encounters that determined his artistic horizon and the choice of his subjects. Arrived in Paris, Geoffroy stayed in effect. with a couple of teachers, the Girards, who introduced him to the world of school and childhood. From then on, he devoted almost all of his work to dealing with these two themes. His vocation was confirmed in 1876. , when the artist meets the famous Pierre-Jules Hetzel, publisher of B alzac, George Sand, Victor Hugo and Jules Verne. Indeed, the latter makes him known and lavishes help and affection on him. He entrusted him with the illustrations for children's books alongside Gustave Doré, Gavarni or Grandville, which now ensures him a regular income. At the same time as his career as an illustrator, Geoffroy exhibited at the Paris Salon, then at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1874 until his death in 1924. He became a member in 1883 and quickly enjoyed success, both with the public and specialists and the press of the time, who praise their work at each exhibition. He was awarded an honorable mention in 1881 for "La Petite Classe" (Birmingham museum), before obtaining a third class medal in 1883 for "Les Infortunés", which was bought by the State. Declared out of competition in 1886 for "les Affamés" (museum of Trieste), Officer of the Academy in 1885, he received the Legion of Honor in 1897. At the Universal Exhibition of 1900, he won a Gold medal for his "School outing to kindergarten". He also exhibits in Parisian galleries, including the Georges Petit gallery. The Ministry of Public Education and Fine Arts gave him an official order in 1893 for “five scenes of school life”. Two of these scenes take place in Algeria, where Geoffroy went in 1894-1895, and one in Brittany. Geoffroy's paintings almost always feature children: in the nursery, the dispensary, the orphanage, the nursery school, the primary school, the vocational school, the high school, the university, at the puppet, at the market, in the street, or already at the factory. In 1890, he participated in the exhibition of childhood at the Petit Palais, alongside Eugène Carrière and Auguste Renoir, thus strengthening his notoriety as a “painter of children”.