(1854 - 1929)
Hippolyte Petitjean was active/lived in France. Hippolyte Petitjean is known for portrait painting, optical and neo-impressionism.
A noted Neo-Impressionist painter, Hippolyte Petitjean was born on
September 11, 1854 in Macon. In 1872 he went to Paris to continue
his studies entering the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and also the atelier of
Alexandre Cabanel. He exhibited at the Salon beginning in
1880. By far the most significant event in Petitjean's
development was meeting Seurat in 1884. Petitjean joined the
Neo-Impressionist group in 1886, and in 1887 he showed his first major
work in this style. In 1891 he switched from the Salon to exhibit
with the Independents. He also exhibited in Brussels in 1893 and
1898, Berlin in 1898, Weimar in 1903, and Wiesbaden in 1921.
remained loyal to Seurat's optical theories along with Signac and
Pissaro until after 1894 when he began to combine the pointillist dot
with more feathery strokes. After 1910 he returned to a
Neo-Impressionist manner in a series of decorative watercolors.
These works depicted both landscapes and people with a remarkable
shimmering effect created by individual spots of pure color.
Museum Collections Include:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris