Paul Camille Guigou France

2-15-1834 Villars, FRA – 12-21-1871 Paris, FRA

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Guigou, Paul Camille

Paul Camille Guigou was born in Villars, Vaucluse in a wealthy family of farmers and notaries. He studied painting in Apt and later with Émile Loubon in Marseille. In 1851, he became clerk at Apt and in 1854 at Marseille where he also moved. he painting of Gustave Courbet, which he discovered on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1855, strongly influenced him throughout his Marseilles period.

Guigou painted mostly Provence landscapes using oil and watercolor. At his beginnings, he was influenced by Loubon, later by Barbizon school and Gustave Courbet. His paintings remain essentially representations of a calm and peaceful Haute-Provence that he finds every summer. His landscapes, very luminous, he often put them in panoramas which give an important part to a bright blue sky.

During his lifetime, he was not recognized and met with indifference of both jury and public exhibitions. Struggling with financial problems, he had to give painting lessons and write reviews.

Paul Camille Guigou died in Paris at the age of 37 from stroke. After his death, he and his works were mostly forgotten. Revival of interest in him began early in the 20th century at exhibitions in Paris and Marseille. Currently his works are highly valued at auctions.

Movement: Barbizon School
Influences: Émile Loubon, Gustave Courbet
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