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Parisien born, Alexandre Jacob was a painter of landscapes, waterscapes
and still lifes. His fascination seemed to be with water.
Some of his paintings were fairly impressionistic and others were
relatively realistic water scenes with haze and
mist---atmospheric. Of this type of work by him, it was
written: "He gained his rare understanding and love for nature
through observation. He then magically expressed these
observations on canvas. . . .His buttery strokes of color caressed the
golden aurora of autumn, the soft creamy snow of winter and spring's
crisp morning light." (Cantor)
Alexandre Jacob was much recognized in France at the beginning of the
20th Century, receiving the Gold Medal of the Paris Salon in 1914, and
in 1937, a Gold Medal of the Paris International Exhibition. His
first entry in the Salon was 1899.
Jacob took his formal art training at the Beaux-Arts Academie, where
his teacher was Eugene Claude. He became a close friend of
city-street scene painter Edouard Cortes, and they were members of The
Fine Arts Union of Lagny, organized in 1926. (At the family
estate sale of Cortes, paintings were found that had one side signed by
Cortes and the other by Jacob).
His work is in the museum collections of the French towns of Troyes,
St. Etinne, Paris, St. Nazaire, St. Quentim, and Fougere and in the
Town Halls of Paris, Bois de Colombes, Lavallois and Asnieres.
Lawrence J. Cantor & Company,
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