ROBINET Gustave Paul
THE GREEK COAST
Oil on canvas: 45 x 64 cm / 17.7 x 25.2 in
Signed and dated '1874' lower left
Painter of genre scenes, landscapes with figures, mountainscapes and waterscapes.
Gustave Paul Robinet learned to paint with Louis Cabat while studying law in Paris. During a trip to Lucerne, he was given guidance by Robert Zünd. When he returned to Paris, he continued his training with Louis Barrias, Auguste Bachelin and, ultimately, with Meissonnier, where Edouard Detaille was a fellow student. He travelled to Austria, Hungary, the Balkans, Turkey, Russia, Italy and France, but he finally settled in Gersau, near Lake Lucerne. He exhibited in most of the European capitals: in London his work appeared at the 1870 Universal Exhibition, at the Suffolk Street Gallery exhibition of 1883, winning a medal, and in 1888 winning a first class medal. In 1873 he showed his works at the Universal Exhibition in Vienna. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1866, winning a third class medal in 1869 and becoming a member in 1888. As a Post-Romantic painter he mostly painted scenes of the banks of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, but he also ventured into painting Mediterranean shores.
Magny-Vernois (Haute-Saône) 1845 - 1932
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 11, p. 1178.