ISABEY Louis Gabriel Eugène


Oil on canvas: 80.5 x 100 cm / 31.7 x 39.4 ins

Painter of genre scenes, still-lifes, seascpaes and church interiors; painter of gouaches, watercolourist, lithographer and draughtsman. Honfleur School.

Louis Gabriel Eugène Isabey was the son and pupil of the miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Isabey. He very quickly detached himself from the classical ideals of his father in order to follow the Romantic movement, where he came under the influence of Delacroix and Bonington.
He made his debut at the Salon in 1824 with seascapes and landscapes, obtaining a first-class medal. In 1827, he exhibited views of Normandy, one of which belonged to the duchess of Berry. He made yet another appearance at the Salon of 1831 with genre paintings and scenes of normandy. He was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1832 and on 21 January 1852 he was awarded the Croix d’Officier. He received the first prize at the Exposition Universelle of 1855. He continued to take part in the Paris exbibitions until 1878.

The colours of his most important works found their inspiration in Rubens. Towards the end of his career, he produced many watercolours some of which can be said to signal the beginnings of impressionism. Isabey was also the master of Boudin and Jongkind.

Paris 1803 - 1886
French School

Baden-Baden - Baltimore - Bayonne - Berlin - Béziers - Bordeaux - Boston - Chambéry - Châteauroux - Chicago - Dieppe - Douai - Edinburgh - Hamburg - Hanover - Konigsberg - Laval - Lille - London - Le Mans - Melbourne - Montpellier - Montréal - Moscow - Mulhouse - Nancy - Nantes - Neuchâtel - New York - Paris - Périgueux - Perpignan - Poitiers - Reims - Stettin - Stockholm - Toulouse - Versailles

E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 7, p. 589-591.