Guillaume Seignac 1870 – 1924
Born in Rennes, France, Guillaume Seignac became a faithful adherent to the academic traditions. He received his training at the Academy Julian in Paris, where he spent the years 1889 through 1890 and 1894 through 1895. His teachers, staunch supporters of the Academic tradition, included Tony Robert-Fleury, a noted history and genre artist; Gabriel Ferrier, who had been awarded the Prix de Rome in 1872 and was noted as a talented artist who possessed much charm and sincerity; and William Adolph Bouguereau, a symbol of academic art in France, winner of the Prix de Rome and one of the most successful French painters. All had received the awards and honors of the Salon and were members of the Legion of Honor.
Seignac began exhibiting at the Salon in 1897 and did so almost yearly until his death in 1924. He was elected a member of the Society of French artists in 1901 and that same year was also appointed an Officer of the French Academy. The artist also received an Honorable Mention at the Salon of 1900 and a Third Class medal in 1903. In 1906 Seignac was appointed to the post of Officer of Public Instruction in Art.
Specializing in portraying women, clothed and nude, he met with much success, primarily in the United States, where his work could be found in many collections.
The look of the “Official” art of the Salon continued in the work of Guillaume Seignac, or, as Charles Saunier wrote of his art in the Salon of 1908: “Bouguereau is dead, long live Bouguereau! Or, rather, long live Monsieur Seignac! For in the works of the disciple live once more the subjects dear to the dead artist, with his mellowness and perfection of execution.”
Excerpted from the unpublished catalog by Edward P. Bentley for the Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, titled: Haussner’s, The Art Collection
Biography provided by Edward Bentley.