Alexandre Gabriel Decamps Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
3-3-1803 Paris, FRA – 8-22-1860 Fontainebleau, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Alexandre Gabriel Decamps at an early age traveled to the East and reproduced Oriental life and scenery with a bold devotion that bewildered critics. His powers soon came to be recognized, and he was ranked along with Delacroix and Ingres as one of the leaders of the French School of Orientalism.
Alexandre Gabriel Decamps was the founding member of Orientalism in painting since he revealed everyday Oriental life as early as the 1831 Paris Salon. His subjects and style with the strong contrast of light and thick paint became the reference for painters to follow, but also the new photographers at the time. He was the most influential of the new Orientalist painter and was proclaimed the chief of the Orientalist School.
Decamps' style was intensely French with vivid dramatic conception, bold rough brushstrokes, and startling contrasts of color, light, and shading, he embraced a wide range of subjects. He used his travels in the East to paint scenes from Scripture, which he was the first European painter to represent with their true and natural local background.
The most impressive of Alexandre Gabriel Decamps historical pictures is The Defeat of the Cimbri, representing the conflict between a horde of barbarians and a disciplined army. At the Paris Exhibition of 1855, he received the grand medal. He died five years later, the result of being tossed from a horse while hunting at Fontainebleau.
Art Movement: Orientalism.
He Traveled To Turkey, Middle East.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.