Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Albert Besnard (France, 1849-1934)



Figure 1.-- Albert Besnard did this charming portrait of his familybwith five children (1890). The boys were all dressed in black. We are not sure how common that was. His little girl has a bright red jacket. It was exhibited in the Salon.

Albert was born in Paris (1849). He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts with with Jean Bremon. His early work was influenced by Alexandre Cabanel. He was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1874 for the stunning work, the "Death of Timophanes" (1874). He generally followed the coservative academic tradition (until approximately 1880). At which time his work began to show increasing influence from the impressionists. This can be seen in his experimentation with both colur and light. He worked in many mediums and formats with considerable success. He worked with watercolor, pastel, oil and etching. Much of his work was portraiture, landscape and decoration. He did a charming portrait of his familybwith five children (1890). The boys were all dressed in black. We are not sure how common that was. His little girl has a bright red jacket.







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