BARRY François Pierre
WESTMINSTER PALACE WITH THE VICTORIA TOWER UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Oil on canvas: 52 x 81 cm / 20.5 x 31.9 in
Signed and dated '1854' lower right
Painter of history, landscapes and seascapes. Orientalist.
At a very young age, François Pierre Bernard Barry started studying painting in his free time at the local arts academy. He entered the School of Drawing of Marseille. He exhibited for the first time in 1838 and moved to Paris in 1840, where he studied under Baron Jean Antoine Théodore Gudin and Louis Gabriel Eugène Isabey. That same year he exhibited at the Paris Salon and was awarded a bronze medal for two seascapes: “Sea Fog” and “Fishing Vessels”.
Barry travelled to Egypt in 1862 in the company of Prince Jérôme Napoléon visiting the digging of the Suez Canal and returned with several paintings and drawings. He was made Chevalier in the Légion d’honneur in 1882.
Barry’s historical paintings are much appreciated; they are considered to be very rare and precious historical documents.
Marseilles 1813 - St-Laurent-du-Var 1905
Algiers - Lyons - Marseilles - Paris - Tarbes - Versailles
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 1, p. 1214.