Oil on canvas: 60.5 x 48.5 cm / 23.8 x 19.1 ins
Signed and dated '1891' middle left on the grow box
Painter of genre scenes, figures, portraits, landscapes, still lifes and scenes of rustic and religious life; engraver.
César Pattein was born on September 30, 1850 into a family of farmers in Steenvoorde in the north of France. He first studied engraving under Guillaume Alphonse Cabasson. In 1878 he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lille in the workshops of Alphonse Colas, a painter of portraits and religious scenes born and raised in Lille, and a certain Mr. Bascoppet.
He first exhibited in the Lille Salon de Lille in 1881 with “Portrait of a Young lady”.
Pattein was a pupil of Jules Breton in 1884 and in 1885 he recieved a silver medal at the Exposition in Amiens. He frequently exhibited at the Paris Salon, where he was awarded a third class medal in 1896.
César Pattein is very much appreciated for his paintings of serene and happy daly life painted with great finesse and dexterity.
Steenvoorde 1850 - Hazebrouck 1931
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 10, p. 1002-1003.