Frederic Soulacroix (1858-1933)
Oil on Canvas
34¼ x 24¼ inches - 87 x 61.6cms
with MacConnal-Mason Gallery, London
Frederic Soulacroix was born on 1st October 1858 in Rome, the son of Charles Joseph Frederic Soulacroix (1825-1899). Charles Soulacroix was a sculptor and painter born in Montpelier who studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and following his success at the École travelled to Rome in 1850.
In Rome he married Glacinta Diofebo where in 1858 Frederic was born. Charles continued to work in Italy, in Rome, Parma, Pisa, Livorno and Florence until 1863 when he returned to France to Boulogne sur Mer where he had been commissioned to paint frescoes in the dome of the Cathedral and six chapels. In 1870 he returned to Florence.
In 1873 Frederic Soulacroix enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence and in 1876 in the Scuola di Pittura. Florence was renowned for producing painters with an extraordinary facility in portraying the texture and appearance of fabrics, silks, satins and velvet. It was in this historical costume genre that Frederic Soulacroix was to become enduringly successful, acclaimed for his exquisite technique and observation. His subjects ranged from 17th century historical subjects, courtiers and noblewomen to those of the 18th and 19th century, women dressed at the height of fashion in Empire style, subjects which allowed Soulacroix the opportunity to demonstrate his extraordinary skill and technique.
Frederic Soulacroix married in June 1890 in Florence Fernande Blanc with whom he had four sons and a daughter. In 1924 he was nominated Officier d’Academie, recognition of his enormous success, his works being widely collected particularly in England together with North and South America. In part owing to his commercial success Soulacroix mixed amongst high society in Florence and Rome, he was commissioned to paint Queen Margherita of Italy and his daughter Amelie Florence married Prince Urbano Chiaramonti, nephew of Pope Pius VII. Soulacroix died 3rd September 1933 in Casena, Italy.