THE FOURTEENTH OF JULY
Oil on canvas: 100.5 x 81.5 cms / 39.6 x 32.1 ins
Signed lower right
Painter of genre scenes and landscapes; watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator and well-known caricaturist of the Belle Epoque.
Albert Guillaume was the son of the architect Edmond Guillaume and the brother of the architect Henri Guillaume. He was a pupil of Jean-Léon Gérôme. He exhibited in Paris at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon des Artistes Français and the Salon des Humoristes. He was awarded a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris. He illustrated works by Willy and Courteline and published a number of albums. He contributed satirical drawings to the following reviews: “La Caricature”, “Le Courrier français”, “Figaro Illustré”, “Graphic”, “Le Journal”, “Le Matin”, “Le Monde Illustré”, “Le Rire” and “Tatler”.
Guillaume often represented the comfortably off Parisian society during balls, in music halls and going about their daily occupations.
Paris 1873 - Faux (Dordogne) 1942
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 6, p. 865-866.