Charles Joshua Chaplin Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

6-8-1825 Eure, FRA – 1-30-1891 Paris, FRA

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Chaplin, Charles Joshua

Charles Joshua Chaplin began his study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1840 he also took lessons in with Michel Martin Drolling, who was also at the time teaching Paul Baudry, Jules Breton, and Jean-Jacques Henner.

In 1845 he entered the Salon de Paris, the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, as a portrait and landscape painter with the painting Portrait of the Artist's Mother. Charles Joshua Chaplin conducted art classes specifically for women at his studio. The American artist Mary Cassatt, the French artist Louise Abbéma and the English artist Louise Jopling were among Chaplin's students.

Charles Joshua Chaplin made his debut at the Salon with portraits, but he also painted landscapes, especially the countryside and fields of Auvergne. His initial works, from 1848 to 1851, were painted in a more realistic style, which was a style that had been restored in France by the Second Republic. After the 1848 Revolution, the Realism art movement began in France in the 1850s. From the late eighteenth century, Romanticism overwhelmed French art but was spurned by Realists, who rebelled against the show of the feelings of the Romantic movement, looking to depict genuine and characteristic contemporary people and situations with truth and precision.

The muddy colors used by Charles Joshua Chaplin slowly transformed into white, gray and pink, depicting his models with an opalescent, mother-of-pearl complexion by applying a subtle palette of rosy flesh tones and light grays. Chaplin took up genre painting in the 1850s. His favorite subjects are the feminine grace of a young woman’s everyday life.

Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III and an admirer of the "Pompadour style", fell under the enchantment of the painter's Neo-Rococo works. Chaplin was among Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie’s favorite court artists.

His sensual portraits of women and young girls, often with models posed erotically in hazy surroundings and wearing transparent clothing, attracted the interest of the high society and aristocracy of Paris, guaranteeing his success and wealth. Charles Joshua Chaplin was a standout and popular among the most mainstream painters of his time, yet these days his work is practically unknown, regardless of the fact that his works hang in many major museums the world over.

Art Movement: Academic.
Artists Influencing Chaplin: Michel Martin Drolling, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough.
He Traveled To England.
Painters Charles Joshua Chaplin Influenced: Mary Cassatt, Louise Abbéma, Loise Jopling.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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