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 Constant Mayer  (1832 - 1911)

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Lived/Active: New York / France      Known for: portrait, genre, figure, interior

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BIOGRAPHY for Constant Mayer
1832 (Besancon, France)
1911 (Paris, France)

New York / France

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Constant Mayer, figure and genre painter, was born October 4, 1832 in Besancon, France. He studied with Leon Cogniet at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. He moved to New York City from Paris in 1857. He became a US citizen, and his works were popular in both Paris and the US.

In 1866, Mayer was elected an Associate member of the National Academy of Design, New York City; and in 1869, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, in France. Other memberships include the American Art Union.

Constant Mayer exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1865. He painted portraits of Generals Sherman and Grant. Many of his paintings were life size, including subjects like Riches and Poverty; Song of the Twilight; and Lawn Tennis. Consolation was exhibited at the National Academy in 1864, and subsequently at a gallery on Broadway. It was then engraved, as were many of his paintings. His, Recognition, a picture of the Civil War, where a living soldier comes upon the body of a dead soldier, was reviewed in the March 24, 1865 issue of The Jewish Messenger.

He revisited France several times and in 1895 returned to spend his last years in Paris. Mayer died in Paris in 1911.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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