François Schommer, (French,1850-1935)
The beautiful dancer, c. 1885
Oil on canvas
173 x 112 cm. (68.1 x 44.1 in.)
Schommer exhibited at the Paris Salons and at the Salons of French Artists from 1870 to 1935 2 , 1 . In 1878, he obtained the first prize of Rome with his canvas Caesar Augustus at the tomb of Alexander . He then received the silver medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889 , then at that of 1900. Appointed professor at the Paris School of Fine Artsin 1910 he became a member of the Institute in 1924.
He was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1890, before being promoted to Officer of the same order.
François Schommer is considered a great artist by the Mariani Album and by the Revue de l'Art which notes that Schommer is "a man of beautiful culture and whose friendships for half a century were among the elite of the academic art and Parisian society."
Schommer is best known as a painter of history , religious subjects and genre scenes . He also made watercolors , the drawings , the illustrations and decorations. He has decorated the ceilings of the new Sorbonne , the City Hall of Tours, the School of Fine Arts in Paris , and has made two panels - Alceste and Rodrigue - for the foyer of the Odeon Theater. in Paris
He is buried in Paris at the Père-Lachaise cemetery. More on François Schommer
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