THE BLACK MASK
Oil on canvas: 45.5 x 37 cm / 17.9 x 14.6 in
Signed upper right and dedicated 'à mon ami A. Stevens'
Painter of genre scenes, figures, interiors, (urban) landscapes (with figures) and seascapes; painter of gouaches, watercolourist and pastellist.
Victor Gabriel Gilbert was a pupil of Victor Adam and Charles Busson. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, winning a silver medal in 1889. He became a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1897 and was awarded the Léon Bonnard Price in 1926. He also executed decorative paintings for the Paris Town Hall.
He painted many figures and portraits of fashionable ladies and girls as well as views of Paris enlivened with flower sellers. He was best known for his vegetable, poultry and fish-market scenes, and, above all, his flower markets. In Normandy he painted cliff landscapes and harbour scenes.
Paris 1847 -1933
Bayeux - Besançon - Dieppe - Le Havre - Liège - Lille - Nice - Strasbourg
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 6, p. 171-172.