CASTEX-DEGRANGE Adolphe-Louis (1840-1918)

"Bunch of flower in a copper vase"
Oil on canvas signed low right
Old frame gilded with gold leaves
Dim canvas :65 X 81 cm
Dim frame : 85 X 102 cm



Born on May 23rd, 1840 in Marseille (South France). Died in 1918.
19th century - French.

genre paintings, landscapes, Still life, flowers, caricatures.
In spite of his preference for a military career, it was sent; in 1853, at the school of "Beaux Arts de Lyon" where he studied under the direction of Vibert, Reignier, then L. Guy.
Admitted first of all in the workshop of engraving, he continued his studies in class of flowers, before becoming draftsman of factory. He took part in the Art Fair of Lyon starting from 1876 and Art fair of Paris starting from 1870. In 1876, he settled in Paris, for decoration work, then during three years, ceramic work. He returned to Lyon in 1884 to succeed Reignier as drawing-master and as painting of flowers and composition applied to fabric.
Apart from his floral compositions, Castex-Dégrange is the author of genre scenes, decorative works, in particular for the town hall of Lyon and the prefecture of the Rhone. He also made caricatures and landscapes. However, he remains the archetypal painter of flowers, renewing this art by giving him a new decorative style, of a vigorous key, in rich and luminous colors which go hand in hand with the prosperity and the industry of silk.

Museum: Lyon (Museum of the fine arts)

Bibliography: Dictionary of painters & sculptors E. Bénézit Volume III /351