Georges Croegaert Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

10-7-1848 Antwerp, BEL– 1-16-1923 Paris, FRA

Croegaert, Georges

When Georges Croegaert arrived in Paris portrait paintings depicting the lifestyle of contemporary, stylish city dwellers had become popular. The trend had begun in Paris in the late 1850s by the Belgian painter Alfred Stevens and was then adopted by other Belgian painters working in Paris. By the late 1860s, there was already a strong market for scenes with bourgeois people.

With the onset of the Belle Epoque in the 1870s, this type of painting depicting fashionable women set in an interior became popular at the Paris Salon. Georges Croegaert moved to Paris in 1876 to take advantage of this and he remained active as an artist there for the rest of his life. He exhibited at the Paris Salon between 1882 and 1914 and in Vienna in 1888. He built a career with his salon portraits of glamorous young ladies dressed in rich fabrics set in lavish interiors. The realistic depictions of Croegaert of society ladies have an ironic undertone.

Searching for a lucrative specialty in the market, Georges Croegaert began to paint ‘cardinal paintings’, sometimes also referred to as ‘anti-clerical art’. He gained a reputation as the leading artist in this genre, with hilarious portrayals of Cardinals occupied with different commonplace activities in sumptuous surroundings. By depicting cardinals participating in activities such as ‘approving the artist’s nude model', cheating at card games, excessive eating and drinking and indulgent pastimes such as painting, he poked fun at the excessive and sometimes debauched lifestyles of the elite class of the Catholic clergy. His paintings received critical acclaim and were sought after by English and American collectors.

Art Movement: Academic.
Artists Influencing Georges Croegaert: Jan Jacob Croegaert-Van Bree.
He Traveled To France, Austria.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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