VALLIN Jacques Antoine
FISHING AT DAWN
Oil on panel: 39.5 x 52.5 cm / 15.5 x 22.7 ins
Signed and dated '1792' lower right
Painter of religious, allegorical and mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes; draughtsman.
Jacques Antoine Vallin’s father was a stone carver at the Quai de la Méssagerie. Jacques Antoine , a protégé of Doyen, entered the Académie Royale at the age of fifteen and a half. He became a pupil of Drevet in 1779 and of Callet in 1786; he went back to Drevet’s workshop in 1789. In 1791, the year of his debut at the Salon, he was a pupil of Antoine Renon. He continued to exhibit in Paris until 1827.
Vallin took his inspiration from Mallet and Prud’hon. He treated a wide variety of subjects, from genre and mythological scenes to landscapes. His art is a skilful combination of 18th century style with a simplicity borrowed from the School of David. He is always agreeable and graceful.
Paris 1760 - 1831
Abbeville - Amiens - Bourg - Caen - Châlons-sur-Marne - Chartres - Cherbourg - Clamecy - Darmstadt - Dijon - Leipzig - Paris - Soissons - Strasbourg - Tours
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 13, p. 1452-1453.