Paul Seignac-The Young Girl & the blessing of the Holy Water-19th century Oil Painting
French Genre - Oil painting on canvas - signed - circa 1850/60s
Canvas size: 31x22" - Frame size: 39x30"
Paul Seignac (1826 - 1904) was active/lived in France. He is known for Genre painting-rural scene, children.
Paul Seignac was born in Bordeaux on February 12,1826. He became a pupil of Edouard Picot in Paris, a history painter who executed a number of commissions in churches in Paris. Seignac followed a different path specializing in genre paintings depicting children and rural life. This was a popular genre throughout Europe in the nineteenth century; compatriots included Simon Cabaillot known as Louis Lasalle, Theophile Emmanuel Duverger and Pierre Edouard Frere; in England artists such as William Bromley and Thomas Webster specialized in this field.Many of Seignac's works show children in endearing, if unlikely roles such as The History Lesson, A Willing Helper, Hard at Work, achieving an almost didactic quality. In others, children might be reprimanded for some slight misdemeanor, but all are calculated to appeal to maternal and paternal feelings.Seignac also painted rural life---outdoor scenes set in country villages, depicting charming scenes of everyday life. These works, picturesque as they are, show the germ of social realism propagated by Jules Bastien Lepage and Jean Francois Millet whose works enjoyed huge popularity in the latter half of the century.Seignac exhibited at the Paris Salon, making his debut in 1849, and receiving an honorable mention in 1889. His works were, and remain, popular with collectors in France, (he was represented by Galerie des Artistes Moderne in Paris in his lifetime), England and the United States.
His works can be found in museums in Ajaccio Corsica, and Reims.
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Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history
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