Charles Théodore Frère Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
6-21-1814 Paris, FRA – 5-24-1886 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Charles Théodore Frère studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jules Coignet and Camille Roqueplan and after completing his studies, he took a trip sketching and painting throughout France. On his return to Paris, he exhibited Vue des Environs de Strasbourg at the 1834 Paris Salon. His exhibits at the Salon in later years were all Orientalist oil paintings as a result of several journeys to Africa and the Middle East.
After a stay in Algiers in 1836, Charles Théodore Frère completed works for the King of Württemberg. He then left with the French army for Constantinople which was taken in October 1837, and stayed there two years, returning to Paris in 1839. Around 1851, he undertook a further journey to the Near and Middle East, visiting Malta, Greece, Egypt and Ottoman Turkey, becoming one of the few artists to paint Beirut, Damascus and the ancient city ruins of Palmyra. In 1853, Charles Théodore Frère set up a studio in Cairo, becoming the court painter there. The Viceroy of Egypt elevated him to the rank of Bey, and the Turkish government named him an Officer of the Order of Medjidieh.
In 1869, he once again traveled to the Egypt, along with Narcisse Berchère, Eugène Fromentin, and Jean-Léon Gérôme, as a member of Empress Eugénie's party, for the opening of the Suez Canal. The Empress commissioned from Charles Théodore Frère a series of watercolors of the occasion, but they were never delivered because of the disastrous defeat of France in 1870 to the Prussian Army during the Franco-Prussian War which ended last French monarchy. These works became the property of the Marquise de la Puisaye, friend, and student of Frère, who inherited all his art studio and all its works on his death.
Art Movement: Orientalism.
Artists Influencing Charles Théodore Frère: Jules Coignet, Camille Roqueplan.
He Traveled To Algeria, Malta, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.