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Leon-Francois Comerre was born in 1850 in Trélon France.
Commere studied with August Colas in Lille, and Alexandre Cabanet at l’École des Beaux-Arts* de Paris.
Commerre won the Grand Prix de Rome* in 1875, a treasured prize,
which led to a scholarship at the Villa de Medicis, Academie France in
He won prizes the Paris Salons* in 1875, 1881, and at the
l’Exposition Universalle d’Anvers in 1885. He also won prizes at
exhibitions in Philadelphia in 1876 at the Centennial Exhibition*;
Melbourne in 1881; and Sydney in 1897. He exhibited regularly at
the Salon des Artistes Français. He was awarded the Chevalier de
la Légion d’Honneur in 1903.
Comerre painted decorative works
for many public spaces in Paris such as the Theatre d’Odeon, l’Hotel
Dufayel, and the Sorbonne. He also did paintings for public
buildings in Lyon, and Saumur.
Comerre was an academician* of a
grand scale. He epitomized the spirit of La Belle Époque*; he
painted the theatrical, the beautiful, and the sensual. Like many
of his contemporaries, he became fascinated with the culture of North
Africa, and many of his canvases are in the genre of the
Orientalists*. He painted many portraits but his passion was
better expressed in his nude coquettes.
Comerre is represented
in many museums, including Musee du Petit Palais, and Musee du
Luxemburg in Paris, and museums in Avignon, Béziers, Lille, Strasbourg
and Troyes. His works are in museums in Algeria, the United
States, and Romania
His atelier* of over a hundred paintings and
more than a hundred drawings was sold at auction in Paris in
2003. Amazingly this atelier was kept intact since Comerre’s
death in 1916. The family of the artist published a book in 1980
that catalogues his atelier.
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