c. 1905
Le Louvre, Bateau-mouche sur la Seine
c. 1905

Eugène Chigot

Valenciennes 1860 - 1923 Paris

Oil on wood panel, 12 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (32 x 40 cm). Signed lower right. Housed in a handcarved period frame, size 20.08 x 23.43 in. (51 x 59,5 cm).

Price: € 6,800 / $ 7,500

 

A rare Paris view with an attractive subject by Chigot.

Even today, many excursion boats are cruising the Seine to view the known attractions like the Louvre and the Pont Royal.

Clearly to be seen the painting was done en plein air, performed immediately prior to the subject. The artists rough sketch in pencil is still recognizable , partly with the composition.

 

Chigot Eugene was born in 1860 in Valenciennes.

His father, Alphonse, a military painter, was his first teacher, but also the one who was trying to dissuade from entering the artist's career. Eugène Chigot was certain that it was his calling to be an artist.

From 1872 he studied at the Collège Notre-Dame des Dunes, Dunkirk, where he met Henri Le Sidaner with whom he entertained a lifelong friendship.

In 1879 the artist Alfred Roll (1846 - 1919) visited his father in his shop and saw a still life by the hand of the young Chigot. He was thrilled and convinced his father, to send Eugène to Paris.

So Eugène Chigot visited in 1880 the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and studied in the studios of Cabanel, Bonnat and Vayson.

Mid-1880s, he discovered with his old friend Henri Le Sidaner the picturesque coastal town of Etaples on the so-called Opal Coast, south of Calais. There have been Daubigny and Eugene Boudin painted occasionally. But should there arise a true artist colony that in later years also attracted well-known American artists.

After successful exhibitions that had helped him to a certain celebrity, he was appointed in 1891 as one of the few official marine painters.

Following Chigot also spent fruitful years in Le Touquet, Dunkirk and Petit Fort Philippe. Finally, in 1908 he settled in his Paris studio, 9 rue de Bagneux down. As early as 1903 he had founded in Paris, together with such artists as Dufy, Cézanne and others the Salon d'Automne in Paris.

Again and again he came back in the summer months in the northern French coast, and had his motives in this area as well as the Parisian scenes equally great success at the various exhibitions in Paris.

 

His memory and artistic work is now maintained by the Association des Amis d'Eugène Chigot in Touquet.

2008 was held a major retrospective at the Musée de France Le Touquet Paris-Plage. That same year, the authoritative monograph by Antoine Descheemaeker, the grandnephew of the artist, entitled "Eugene Chigot, Itinéraires".

 

MONOGRAPH: Antoine Descheemaeker "E. Chigot, Itinéraires," Posada, Touquet, 2008

ARTIST DICTIONARIES: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Saur, Schurr-Cabanne

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Musées d’Amiens et d’Arras; Musée de Berck, Musée de Charleville, Musée Antoine Vivenel de Compiègne,Musée Quentovic Etaples, Musée du Touquet, Musée de Lille, Musée de Limoux, Musée du Luxembourg et du Petit-Palais (Paris); Musées de Mâcon, de Nantes, Rouen, Toulon, de Tourcoing; Indianapolis Museum of art – Indiana – USA .

french hand-carved period frame

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