2 de junio de 2015

Charles Ambable Lenoir

French painter Charles Ambable Lenoir (1860-1926) was born October 22, 1860 in Châtellaillon, a small district located near La Rochelle. His family was of moderate means and knowing that his parents would not support art as a career, Lenoir became a maître d'études (study master), and then a teacher at a secondary school, the Lycée in Rochefort. He began his artistic studies at Rochefort-su-Mer when he visited at age 20. It is possible that this taste of formal studies is what pushed him to follow his heart. After saving enough money, he was able to pursue his dream and move to Paris in 1883 at the age of 23. Being friends with the Bouguereau family served him well and after receiving a letter of recommendation from Eugene Bouguereau, the important academic master and teacher William Bouguereau's uncle, he was able to gain entry to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under William Bouguerau's direct tutelage. He also did some study with Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1911), also at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, though it is clear from the nature and style of his paintings that Bouguereau was his true inspiration. They became quite close and would meet over the summers at each other's homes, outside of formal training. Lenoir even painted a portrait of Bouguereau's wife, Elizabeth Gardner, in 1895.

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