Léon Bazille Perrault France
6-16-1832 Poitiers, FRA – 8-6-1908 Royan, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Léon Jean Bazille Perrault earliest training was under François-Édouard Picot, but later studied under his friend William-Adolphe Bouguereau. While many highlight the fact that Perrault was a student of Bouguereau, this may have been more so on a basis of their amicable relationship as in the majority of his Salon entries, Léon Bazille Perrault lists Picot as his master. Perrault may have worked alongside Bouguereau and been inspired by him, but Picot was his formal teacher.
Léon Bazille Perrault’s images satisfied this public craving for delicate compositions, and they often focused on mythological scenes, but also children, girl body, some genre scenes, and even military scenes. But Léon Bazille Perrault found fame with those pictures that showed a delicate and idealized version of life, exactly those pictures which found a large audience. In appealing to the bourgeoisie, Perrault was providing subject matter that was also very popular with Salon jurors.
Whether Perrault’s young models were depicted playing a game, positioned against a background of flowers, or placed within a mythological story and setting, they all exude qualities of innocence and childish beauty.
In addition, his focus on children, who Léon Bazille Perrault saw as innocent and charming, appealed to the growing cult of childhood that saw children not as miniature adults but as beings with their own characteristics.
Léon Bazille Perrault continued to exhibit at the Salons until the end of his career. Léon Bazile Perrault also exhibited in Vienna, London, Boston, and Philadelphia and won numerous medals in these exhibitions, and was later appointed – in 1873 - to represent France as "Diplômât d'honneur" to Vienna, Philadelphia and London. Léon Bazile Perrault also became a member of the Société des Artistes Français and by the end of his career was “hors concours” at the Salon, allowing him to exhibit freely without the necessity of submitting work for jury acceptance.
Art Movement: Academic Art
Influences: François-Édouard Picot, William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Traveled: Austria, England, USA