(1812 - 1875)
Francois Bernard was active/lived in Louisiana / France. Francois Bernard is known for landscape, portrait, genre, dog paintings.
Francois Bernard is best known as a New Orleans portrait, landscape, and
genre painter. His origins are uncertain but he is thought to have been
born around 1829 in France. The Benezit Dictionary of Artists, first
published in 1911, lists a Jean Francois Armand Felix Bernard, born
1829, stating that he studied with Jean-Claude Bonnefond and Jean Paul
Flandrin at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but makes no mention of
Bernard may have been in New Orleans as early as
1848, but the first newspaper mention of him in that city does not
appear until 1856. After that point, he exhibited numerous times,
including at the American Exposition in 1885-86. He was awarded a silver
medal for "the best head in oil" at the Grand State Fair in 1869.
style has been described as direct, businesslike, and scrupulously
detailed and compared with fellow New Orleans painter George Coulon. Bernard struggled in the post Civil War Southern economy and moved to
Peru shortly before his death in about 1875.
(courtesy Richard Anthony Lewis, Louisiana State Museum)