NEW SELECTION : NOEL Jules (1815-1881)

Jules NOEL (1815-1881)

Jules NOEL (1815-1881)
Lively Marine on stormy weather in French Brittany
Oil on canvas signed low right and dated 1873
Old frame re-gilded with gold leaves
Dim canvas : 35 X 65 cm
Dim frame : 54 X 84 cm


Jules NOEL (1815-1881)
Jules Achille Noël, born Louis Assez Noël (24 February 1815, Quimper - 26 March 1881, Algeria) was a French landscape and maritime painter who worked primarily in Brittany and Normandy.
His father was a draftsman working on the canal being built from Nantes to Brest and gave him his first drawing lessons. He later studied at the "Académie de Peinture et de Dessin" (Académie Charioux) in Brest. Afterwards, he went to Paris to seek his fortune and came under the influence of his fellow Breton painter Pierre-Julien Gilbert. After four years of struggling to earn his living, he returned to Brittany to teach drawing in Saint-Pol-de-Léon, Lorient and Nantes.
He had begun to participate in the Salon in 1840 and, in 1845, was one of several artists commissioned to provide engraved illustrations for a book on prisons by Maurice Alhoy entitled Les Bagnes: historie types, mystères.... Eventually, his work attracted the attention of Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours, who obtained him a position as a Professor of Design at the Lycée Henri-IV, where he would teach from 1847 until his retirement in 1879. Albert Lynch and Félix Buhot were among his best-known students there.
The Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper presented a major retrospective of his works in 2005.

Museums : Bernay, Briançon, Chantilly, Chaumont, Fécamp, Castres, Chartes, Brest, Quimper, La Rochelle, Landerneau, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Reims, Vannes.

Bibliography :
- Delouche / Michaud « Bretagne, Terre des peintres » Musée des beaux Arts de Vannnes 2003
- Cléon Yves « Jules Noel, peintre breton assez énigmatique » Ed Pays et Terroirs 2004
- Michel Rodrigue, André Cariou, « Jules Noël », éditions Palantines, 2005
- E.Benezit Dictionnaire des peintres Book X – Ed Grund