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Andre Charles Voillemot

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André Charles Voillemot was a French painter French who was born on December 9th in Paris and died on 9th April also in Paris.

Voillemot was a painter of mythological compositions, of allegorical scenes and a portraitist- these he did in oils, gauche, watercolours and drawings.  Having trained under Michel Drolling, he started showing his work at the salon in 1845 with his self-portrait that was admired and provided orders and commissions from upper and middle class patrons.

After achieving some success with his portraits, he began to show his work from1849 at the Salon, with allegorical scenes pulled from the ancient and Celtic Legends. It was at this time that he exposed “Zéphyr” (oil on canvas) in the Salon of 1859 whose theme is dear to romanticism and to the Anglo-Saxon Tales.

In 1867, he decorated the Imperial Pavilion in the World Fair, then two years later the decoration of the Theater of Fointainebleau. Finally, in 1870, he got a Silver Medal with “The Cicada and the Fourmi” and in the same year, he was knighted for his services to art.

His work is represented in the museums of Aurllac, with a piece called “Velleda and Eudora”, Paris (at the museum in the house of Victor Hugo), Pontoise, with a piece called “Young Woman with a Headdress of Flowers and at Rheims with “Cupid”.    He also has a piece in the Dahesh Museum of Art which is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting and interpreting works by Europe’s academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Allegory of Spring; and Allegory of Autumn' sold at Christie's New York '19th Century European Art' in 2005 for $69,600. 

 

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A Reclining Nude

Size: 27 x 52

Oil on Canvas

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