07 Paintings, The amorous game, Part 3 - With Footnotes

N. C. Wyeth, 1882 - 1945
Oil on canvas
44 by 32 inches, (111.8 by 81.3 cm)
Private Collection

Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N. C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner's, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best known. The first of these, Treasure Island, was one of his masterpieces and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. He is notably the father of painter Andrew Wyeth and the grandfather of Jamie Wyeth, both celebrated American painters. More on Newell Convers Wyeth

Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet, 1840-1920, FRENCH
Oil on panel
37 5/8 by 50 3/4 in., 95.5 by 129 cm
Private Collection

Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet (12 April 1840, Uzès - 11 April 1920, Paris) was a French painter and engraver; best known for his historical and costume genre scenes. His father was the owner of a café and a liqueur manufacturer who moved his family to Lyon in 1846. He began by studying engraving at the École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon. After his father's death in 1863, he took his new wife and baby to Paris, where he studied with Jean-Georges Vibert and copied the Old Masters at the Louvre.

In 1865, after some financial hardships, he presented two paintings at the Salon and, the following year, achieved success when one of his works was purchased by Mathilde Bonaparte for 5,000 francs. He then decided to concentrate on costumed figures, mostly from the 18th century, and was awarded a contract for three canvases per month at an annual salary of 25,000 francs.

He was named a knight in the Legion of Honour in 1893 and many wealthy people among his clients; notably Cornelius Vanderbilt, who paid 100,000 francs for one of his works at the Palais de l'Industrie in 1893. He also painted many notable people in period costume.

Toward the end of his life, he turned to religious subjects, producing a tableau of 22 paintings depicting the Passion of Christ. After his death, in 1921, they were the subject of a special showing at the Salon. Six years later, the Musée Roybet Fould was established in Courbevoie by Consuelo Fould, who owned a large number of Roybet's paintings. More on Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet

Charles Haigh-Wood, (British, 1856-1927)
Oil on canvas
18 x 25-1/2 inches (45.7 x 64.8 cm)
Private Collection

Charles Haigh-Wood,  (British, 1856-1927) was a genre painter, who lived in London, Bury and Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

Haigh-Wood’s enchanting visions of romance, with attractive girls and pretty dresses are some of the most endearing and popular of all images. His patrons adored them, a successful businessman of Haigh-Wood’s day with any pretension to artistic taste had to own one.

He exhibited from 1874 to 1904, at the Royal Academy from 1879 to 1904, Suffolk Street, New Watercolour Society and elsewhere.

Titles at the Royal Academy include “The Harvest Moon” 1879, “Chatterboxes” 1889 and “The Old Love and the New” 1901. More on Charles Haigh-Wood

Pierre-Charles Comte (French 1823-1895)
The secret rendezvous 
Oil on panel
28 7/8 x 21in (73.5 x 53.5cm)
Private Collection

Pierre-Charles Comte , born in Lyon on April 23 , 1823 and died at Fontainebleau on November 30 , 1895, was a French painter. A student of Claude Bonnefond at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon between 1840 and 1842. He then moved to Paris to enter the studio of Robert-Fleury .

He exhibited at the Salon in Paris between 1848 and 1887, and in Lyon. He got a medal 3rd  class at the 1852 Lounge, 2nd class to those of 1853 and 1855 and a return in 1857. He received a medal of 3rd  class at the Universal Exhibition of 1867 . He then settled in Fontainebleau

He first practices were painting history , especially the history of the Valois, and genre painting . From 1875, he changed his style by adopting a more "modern" technique. He also made many sculptures at the end of his life. More on Pierre-Charles Comte 

Auguste Jean Baptiste Vinchon (French, 1789-1855)
A painter and his muse 
oil on canvas
22 x 18in (56 x 46.5cm)
Private Collection

Jean Baptiste Auguste Vinchon (5 August 1789 – 1855) was a French painter. He was born in Paris on 5 August 1789. He became a painter of historical subjects, and a printer. Vinchon was a pupil of Gioacchino Giuseppe Serangeli in his Paris studio. He won the second Prix de Rome for painting in 1813 and the first Prix de Rome in 1814 for his painting of the Death of Diagoras. During the First French Empire (1804–14) Vinchon and Nicolas Gosse painted a number of Scenes from Ancient Life in grey scale for the Louvre, based on the plates of Antichità di Ercolano. More on Jean Baptiste Auguste Vinchon

Cyr-Jean-Aime (St-Cyr) Girier (French, 1837-1912)
An awkward silence 
Oil on canvas
29 x 39 1/2in (73.6 x 100.3cm)
Private Collection

Edwin Roberts (British, 1840-1917)
Soft soap
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
Private Collection

Edwin Roberts (1840-1917), from London, was a famous painter during his career. His genre paintings reflect his Victorian time frame from which he painted.

Roberts exhibited extensively in London from 1862-1886, including at The Royal Academy and forty-six paintings at the Royal Society of British Artists. 

Oil on panel
26 x 19 in.
Private Collection

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