Hippolyte Petitjean Biography | Oil Paintings
9-11-1854 Macon, FRA – 9-18-1929 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Hippolyte Petitjean began his art studies at night at the Ecole de Dessin in Mâcon when he was thirteen years old. The town gave him the scholarship to continue at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Alexandre Cabanel and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes when he was eighteen.
He debuted at the Paris Salon in 1880, and he exhibited there until 1891. Hippolyte Petitjean was later influenced by Georges Seurat whom he met in Paris in 1884, who encouraged him to join the Post-Impressionists, and adopted the pointillist technique until 1894 when he started to combine it with more feathery strokes.
Although he gave up working in divided color for some years before the turn of the century, he resumed the pointillist dot technique in 1912 and returned to Neo-Impressionism with a series of watercolor landscapes and people set off by widely spaced rounded spots of pure color.
Hippolyte Petitjean exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1891 and thereafter at Le Brac de Bouteville together with the Symbolists and Impressionists. He also exhibited in Brussels in 1893 and 1898, and in Germany in 1898, 1903, and 1921. He died in Paris, alone and destitute.
Art Movement: Post-Impressionism.
Artists Influencing Hippolyte Petitjean: Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Camille Pissarro.
He Traveled To Belgium, Germany.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.