Paul Peel Canada
11-7-1860 London, CAN – 10-3-1892 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Paul Peel was born in London, Ontario, and received his art training from his father from a young age. Later he studied under William Lees Judson and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins. He later moved to Paris, France where he received art instruction at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Léon Gérôme and at the Académie Julian under Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Henri Doucet and Jules Lefebvre.
In 1882 he married Isaure Verdier and had two children with her: a son Robert Andre and a daughter Emilie Marguerite who were his models in some of his art.
In 1883, Paul Peel had a painting accepted into the Paris Salon, a major accomplishment for any artist, especially for a twenty-two year old.
Paul Peel traveled widely in Canada and in Europe, exhibiting as a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He also exhibited at international shows like the Paris Salon, where he won a bronze medal in 1890 for his painting After the Bath. Paul Peel was known for his often sentimental nudes and for his pictures of children; he was among the first Canadian painters to explore the nude as a subject.
He contracted a lung infection and died in his sleep, in Paris, France, at the age of 31. He became one of the first Canadian artists to receive international recognition in his lifetime.
Art Movement: Academic Art
Influences: William Lees Judson, Thomas Eakins, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Henri Doucet, Jules Lefebvre
Traveled: France, England, Germany