Pierre Marie BEYLE

French School

Nineteenth Century

Born 6th July 1838 in Lyon and died 1902 in Paris.

He was a painter, illustrator and caricaturist. He was principally known as an artist who painted historical, genre and oriental scenes.

Once he settled in Paris he regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1867 until1900.

He exhibited at the Grafton Gallery, London in 1881 and then travelled to Scotland where he exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. In 1900 he exhibited at the Exposition Universelle.

Towards the end of his life he moved to Chennevieres-sur-Marne.

He worked as a cartoonist on satirical papers such as the Petit Journal pour rire and the Journal amusant from 1865 to 1872 and the Bouffon from 1867 to 1869. He illustrated Jules Valles’ La Rue (The Street) in 1868 and M. de Podestat’s La Comedie au Boudoir (Boudoir Comedy). His range as a painter was extensive, from scenes of life abroad, such as A Native Woman’s Toilette in 1869 and General Jocko’s Toilette in 1872, to studies made in Algeria between 1867 and 1880 and marine landscapes and fishing scenes on the Normandy coast painted after 1880: Mussel Fishers at Le Pollet 1881; Rescue in Dieppe 1887; Workers of the Sea 1900 and Woman Collecting Bait 1902.

His work can be found in museums all over the world from Fecamp (Musee des Terre-Neuvas et de la Peche), to London (the Victoria and Albert Museum) to Melbourne, Rochefort and Valencia.

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