A lot of quality with this oil on panel that this excellent painter, Adolphe GANDON offers us. He paints us a Skirmish scene in the Aurès Circa 1844-1850.
Beautiful hand-carved giltwood frame, in fine original condition.
Measurements unframed: W 13.38 In. - H 10.23 In.
Measurements with frame: W 18.11 In. - H 15.35 In.
In very good condition, the painting has been professionally cleaned and is served by its original gilded wooden channel frame.
Adolphe GANDON 1828-1889.
Painter, engraver, and drawing teacher.
Born in Nîmes on July 28, 1828, he died in Courgenay on March 27, 1889.
He was the son of Dominique Gandon, a music teacher.
He married Marie Castan on May 22, 1856, in Paris.
In the early 1830s, he moved to Bern with his mother, his father having died. After studying painting in Diday’s studio in Geneva, he went to Paris.
He then moved to Le Locle and in the fall of 1860 was hired as a drawing teacher by the cantonal school of Porrentruy. As he did not have an official diploma, he took a secondary drawing teacher's examination in Neuchâtel (the canton of Bern had not yet instituted a diploma of this kind) to regularize his situation. He received his diploma in August 1854. In parallel to his teaching activities, he devoted himself to art and produced a large number of works, oil paintings, watercolors, pencil drawings, and illustrations for books.
In 1854, he was accepted as a member of the Bern Fine Arts Society, and in 1862, of the Société Jurassienne d'Emulation.
The Aurès Battle:
During the conquest of Algeria by the French, the Bey of Constantine, Ahmed Bey, took refuge in the Aurès massif after the capture of Constantine in 1837. The French army arrived on the outskirts of the Aurès (Batna and Biskra) in 1843-1844 and the bey surrendered in 1848. In 1849, a revolt took place not far from there, that of Sheikh Bouziane, in Zaatcha west of Biskra, from July to November 1849.