Jules Girardet, Pair of Watercolors, Ca. 1890
France Ca. 1890
Jules Girardet (France 1856-1946) was born in Versailles to Swiss Huguenot parents. His father was the engraver Paul Girardet (1821-1893). One labled “Jelousy”, the other “Love Letter”.
He was a painter of historical, genre scenes, landscapes, murals watercolors and pastels.
He studied under Alexandre Cabanel at the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris. He regularly figured in Paris at the Salon and had a number of exhibitions in the Swiss provinces. After several trips to North Africa with his brother Eugène, a noted Orientalist painter, he chose instead to concentrate on genre scenes and history painting. The Paris Commune and Louise Michel (French anarchist) were favorite topics.
He married in 1881 and built a house with a studio in Boulogne-Billancourt. That same year, he began to exhibit at the Paris Salon (third class medal). He won a Silver Medal at the Exposition Universelle (1889). In addition to his paintings, he illustrated several books, including Mademoiselle de Fierlys by Frédéric Dillaye (died in the infamous fire at the Bazar de la Charité) and Tartarin de Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet. A brother Léon Girardet [fr] was also a painter.
His works can be found in the museums of Berne, Geneva, Nantes, Neuchatel and Quimper.
Books- René Burnand, L’étonnante histoire des Girardet : artistes suisses (The Amazing Story of the Girardets…), La Baconnière, Neuchâtel, 1940, 299 pages
Listed in E. Benezit’s Dictionnaire and Mallett’s Index of Artists
Excellent condition except for 3 pin holes LL and 3 more extreme LR. Clean and bright. 20th century gilt frames.
Sight Size 23" X 18", Frames 30.75" X 25.75"