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 Alexandre Louis Jacob  (1876 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: atmospheric waterscapes and landscapes, still life

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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.

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Poulsen Galleries,

Lawrence J. Cantor & Company,

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