1847 (Paris, France)
Often Known For
market scenes and portrait painting
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Victor Gilbert was born in Paris in 1847, and lived eighty-six years in
France, passing away in 1933. Though his ability as an artist was
recognized at an early age, he was forced to work as an artisan due to
financial circumstances. He eventually gained some formal art
training later in life from Pierre Levasseur at the Ecole de La Ville
de Paris. He also studied under Victor Adam and Charles Busson.
his lack of training, he established himself as a French genre painter,
and was quickly recognized by the Parisian public. Especially
noted for his market scenes, Gilbert often chose to paint images of
vegetables, flowers, poultry, and fish with particular attention to
fine details. He also painted many portraits of elegant young
women and girls, as well as scenes of Paris, and the landscapes of
Normandy, concentrating mainly on the cliffs and harbors.
first exhibited at the Salon in 1873 and 1874, and it was during this
time that he formed a close friendship with Pierre Martin. Martin
was a primary supporter of the Impressionists, and collected works by
Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Victor Gilbert. In fact,
it was Martin's patronage that allowed Gilbert to abandon his career as
a decorator, and devote his full concentration to painting.
exhibited faithfully at the Salon des Artistes Francais, and in 1889
was given the award d'argent. In 1897 he was made a knight of the
Legion d'honneur, and in 1926 won the Prix Leon Bonnat. Gilbert's work
also adorns the Hotel de Ville in Paris as part of the original
decoration. The Chateau Museum in Dieppe, France, houses
Gilbert's work today.
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