Oil on panel: 50 x 100 cm / 19.7 x 39.4 ins
Signed lower right and on the back

Painter of landscapes.

Paul Costes was born in Toulouse, France, on February 2, 1860 and deceased there on November 15, 1941.

The end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century were a real ‘Belle Epoque’ of the art of the Haute-Garonne. Artists of the nationally and internationally reknowned School of Toulouse provided Toulouse’s reknown during this period.

Amongst them were laureats of the Prix de Rome, like the sculptors Alexandre Falguière and Antonin Mercié, the painters of landscapes Paul Costes and Georges Castex, the painter of town views and animated landscapes Henri Martin, the Orientalist Benjamin-Constant and the painter of history Jean-Paul Laurens.

All were pupils of the town’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts, all continued their careers in Paris and all subscribed to an academism promoted notably by the Salon des Artistes Français, at which they all participated.

Toulouse 1860 -1941
French School


E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 4, p. 25.