The chess game attributed to Ernest MEISSONNIER
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Catégorie : Paintings and Drawings
Oil on canvas 19th century
Ernest Meissonier began his career as a painter in a more classical register, with genre scenes depicting everyday life in the 17th or 18th century: card players, chess players, a man waiting at his window, a smoker, balls. He achieved growing success, to such an extent that we even came to compare him to the Flemish masters to whom he himself was very attached.
Meissonier systematically applies the same meticulousness of a historian in all the preparatory work of his works, which makes him a reference in terms of uniformity.
A painter very concerned with authentic detail, he is part of the academic movement, which predominates in the plastic arts under the Second Empire. Covered with honours, he sits at the Academy of Fine Arts and chairs numerous national and international juries.
For memory :
Ernest Meissonier, born February 21, 1815 in Lyon and died January 31, 1891 in Paris (17th arrondissement), was a French painter and sculptor, specializing in historical military painting and genre scenes.
Meissonier, fourth child of a merchant from Lyon, showed a certain talent for drawing. As a teenager, he drew heads in charcoal and stump at Julien Potier. He left his hometown at the age of 17 and entered the studio of the painter Léon Cogniet where he learned to paint. In particular, he assisted in the preparation of the painting of a ceiling for the Louvre Museum representing the expedition to Egypt, a historical reconstruction which allowed him to have his first contact with military painting.
He began at the Salon of 1834 with the Flemish Bourgeois. He successively painted fans and pious images for the publishers of rue Saint-Jacques, then tried his hand at illustration with talent for the publisher Curmer, notably with the publication of Paul et Virginie and La Chaumière. Indian of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. His friends at the time were Honoré Daumier and Charles-François Daubigny.
In 1890, Meissonier took part, with Louise Catherine Breslau, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Carolus-Duran, Félix Bracquemond, Jules Dalou, Auguste Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse, in the refoundation of the National Society of Fine Arts. He is elected president, with Dalou as vice-president. This society resumed organizing annual exhibitions at the Salon du Champ-de-Mars, traditionally a fortnight after the official Salon des Champs-Élysées, organized by the Society of French Artists. When he died the following year, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes succeeded him with Auguste Rodin as vice-president.
He is buried in Poissy, where he lived from 1846 and of which he was mayor.
L36 x H27 cm Presence of a signature.