GEOFFROY Henri Jules Jean
Oil on canvas: 41.5 x 27 cm / 16.3 x 10.6 ins
Signed lower right
Painter of genre scenes and portraits; watercolourist, pastellist and draughtsman.
Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy was a pupil of Adam Levasseur. He first exhibited in 1874 at the Salon de Paris and then at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he became a member in 1883. He was awarded an honourable mention in 1883, a third class medal in 1886 and a gold medal in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle. He was made Chevalier of the Légion d’Honnneur.
Geoffroy was a well-known painter of the charms of childhood. He exactly caught the innocent charm of schoolchildren.
This particular painting has been exhibited in 1897 in Bordeaux at the exhibition of the Société des Amis des Arts de Bordeaux.
Marennes 1853 - Paris 1924
Amiens - Bayeux - Birmingham - Cambrai - Dijon - Mulhouse - Paris (Musée d'Orsay) - Rochefort - Saintes - Tourcoing - Trieste
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 6, p. 38.