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 Paul Guillaume Seignac  (1826 - 1904)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: genre painting-rural scene, children

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Paul Seignac long held a leading position as a painter of genre, especially children, in the schools of his native country.  Born in Bordeaux, he went to Paris for this artistic education.  There he studied under Theodore Duverger and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Francois Picot.

Seignac made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1849, where, in 1889, he received an Honorable Mention.  In London his works were shown by the Belgian dealer Ernest Gambart at this “French Exhibitions” on Pall Mall for many years.

Living at Ecouen, a small town eight miles north of Paris, the artist became a member of the colony of painters who gathered around Edouard Frere.  This colony also included the Swiss artist Luigi Chialiva and the Danish artist August Schenck.  Seignac painted in the same vein and with a similar selection of subjects as Frere.  While varied, they are generally attractive, especially in the qualities of homey sentiment and domestic appeal.

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Biography excerpted from the unpublished catalog by Edward P. Bentley for the Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, titled:  Haussner’s, The Art Collection.

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Paul Seignac was born in Bordeaux on February 12,1826.  He became a pupil of Edouard Picot in Paris, a history painter who executed a number of commissions in churches in Paris.  Seignac followed a different path specializing in genre paintings depicting children and rural life.  This was a popular genre throughout Europe in the nineteenth century; compatriots included Simon Cabaillot known as Louis Lasalle, Theophile Emmanuel Duverger and Pierre Edouard Frere; in England artists such as William Bromley and Thomas Webster specialized in this field.

Many of Seignac's works show children in endearing, if unlikely roles such as The History Lesson, A Willing Helper, Hard at Work, achieving an almost didactic quality. In others, children might be reprimanded for some slight misdemeanor, but all are calculated to appeal to maternal and paternal feelings.

Seignac also painted rural life---outdoor scenes set in country villages, depicting charming scenes of everyday life.  These works, picturesque as they are, show the germ of social realism propagated by Jules Bastien Lepage and Jean Francois Millet whose works enjoyed huge popularity in the latter half of the century.

Seignac exhibited at the Paris Salon, making his debut in 1849, and receiving an honorable mention in 1889.  His works were, and remain, popular with collectors in France, (he was represented by Galerie des Artistes Moderne in Paris in his lifetime), England and the United States.

His works can be found in museums in Ajaccio Corsica, and Reims.

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