Léon Francois Comerre Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
10-10-1850 Trélon, FRA – 2-20-1916 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Léon Francois Comerre moved to Lille with his family in 1853 and from an early age he demonstrated a talent for art. He studied under Alphonse Colas at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lille and won a gold medal in 1867. He got a scholarship the following year from the Département du Nord which enabled him to proceed with his studies in Paris at the acclaimed École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Alexandre Cabanel and there saw first-hand Oriental paintings and came under the influence of Orientalism.
Léon Francois Comerre had his first shown at the Paris Salon in 1871, but in 1875 he won top honors at the Grand Prix de Rome for his painting L’Ange Annonçant aux Bergers La Naissance du Christ (The Angel Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds). This led to another scholarship at the French Academy in Rome for four years starting 1876. In 1885 he won a prize at the Exposition Universelle in Antwerp. He also won one prestigious art prize in the USA and two in Australia.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and in Scottland at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. In 1884, he moved to Vésinet, a suburb of Paris, and stayed there until his death in 1916. He became a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1903.
Léon Francois Comerre paintings were all about lighthearted sensuality. His stunning pictures, painted in a lucid and glowing style, had an extraordinary way of revealing an air of frivolity combined with deliberate eroticism.
Art Movement: Orientalism.
Artists Influencing Léon François Comerre: Alphonse Colas, Alexandre Cabanel.
He Traveled To England, Scotland, Italy, Belgium, USA, Australia.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.