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 Leon François Comerre  (1850 - 1916)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: portrait, female figure painting-nudes

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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 Rome.

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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