Jules Jacques Veyrassat Biography | Oil Paintings
7-2-1828 Paris, FRA - 4-12-1893 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Jules Jacque Veyrassat was a painter of the pastoral French countryside, and most particularly of the work and tranquility of agricultural life, many times featuring horses as part of the work landscape. Veyrassat began his career as an engraver for L’Artiste, creating engravings of works of Daubigny, Decamps, Frère, and learning through this process of reproducing these elder masters.
He studied art in the studio of Henri Lehmann, and had his oil paintings debuted at the Paris Salon of 1848, in the days immediately following the Revolution of 1848, it was this Salon that marked the rise of the Realist Movement in French painting. Much like his slightly older contemporaries Charles Jacque and Constant Troyon, Jules Jacque Veyrassat painted rural farm work, focusing on the powerful horses who pulled the plows and hay carts.
He traveled to Normandy, the Forest of Fontainebleau, Brittany and the Landes, painting views of the fields, streams, and harvests. His painted scenes are dynamic and energetic, with clear and bold colors that set him apart from many of his contemporaries. Jules Jacque Veyrassat received Salon medals for engraving in 1866 and 1869 and for painting in 1872 and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1878.
His expertise as an etcher was further recognized when respected British scholar Philip Gilbert Hamerton commissioned Jules Jacque Veyrassat works for several of his books on the art of etching.
Art Movement: Barbizon School.
Artists Influencing Jules Jacque Veyrassat: Charles-François Daubigny, Edouard Frère.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.