ESCALIER Nicolas Félix
A PART OF THE OLD TOWN OF PARIS – THE PORTE SAINT DENIS
Oil on canvas: 64,5 x 81 cm / 25.4 x 31.9 ins
Signed lower right; label on the back
Painter of portraits, genre scenes and landscapes.
Nicolas Félix Escalier was a pupil of Jules André and Robert Delaunay at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He initially studied architecture before devoting himself to painting from 1873 on. He exhibited fairly regularly at the Salon, gaining two honorable mentions in 1876 and 1878, followed by a second class medal in 1884. He was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1900 and was a member of the Société des Artistes Français.
Escalier was particularly renowned for his beautifully handled decorative panels.
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 5, p. 284.