Eugene Alexis Girardet France

5-31-1853 Paris, FRA - 5-5-1907 Paris, FRA

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Eugene Alexis Girardet came from a Swiss Huguenot family. His father was the engraver Paul Girardet. He studied at the École des Beaux-arts and in the studios of Jean-Léon Gérôme, who encouraged him to visit North Africa in 1874.
In 1874, he left for Morocco, then traveled to Tunisia and Algeria, for which he developed a particular fondness. He spent subsequent visits in Algiers and Boghari, but above all in El Kantara and Bou-Saâda, where he met Etienne Dinet who later made the oasis his home. Grirardet’s meeting with Dinet in 1877 was also to have a profound effect on how he conceived of his work. The academic realism and narrative content of his earlier painting gradually evolves into what might be described as a more ethnographic attitude towards the subject matter.
Eugene Alexis Girardet painted simple everyday scenes: herds of goats in the dust, prayers in the desert and nomad life. In all, he made eight trips to Algeria after 1879, especially to the south, around the oases of Biskra, El Kantara and Bou Saâda, where he worked with Étienne Dinet. In 1898, he visited Egypt and Palestine, producing many works depicting the lives of desert nomads.
During the late 1870’s and early 1880’s Eugene Alexis Girardet exhibited a number of works at the Paris Salon as well as exhibition halls throughout the Continent. He exhibited regularly at the Salon and with the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français (of which he was one of the founding members), with major shows at the Exposition Universelle (1900) and the Exposition Coloniale de Marseille of 1906.
Art Movement: Orientalism
Influences: Jean-Léon Gérôme
Traveled: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Spain
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