MacConnal Mason

Guillaume Seignac (1870-1924)


Signed, upper right: G-Seignac
Oil on canvas
28¾ x 23½ in – 73 x 59.6 cm
Framed size 38½ x 33½ in – 97.8 x 85 cm

Provenance: Private collection, France;
MacConnal-Mason Gallery, 1999;
Private collection, Belgium
Artist Biography: Born in Rennes (Ille et-Vilaine) in 1870.

Died in 1924.

French School.

Guillaume Seignac was born in Rennes (Ille et Villaume) in 1870. He studied in Paris under William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), one of the foremost Salon painters and teachers, and with Gabriel Ferrier (1847-1914) and Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1912) a painter of historical genre.

Seignac adopted a genre and style not dissimilar to that of Bouguereau, taking classical genre and allegorical scenes as his subject matter, in addition to contemporary genre. A more approachable, populist view of antiquity had developed, led by artists such as Leon Comerre (1850-1916), or Raffaelo Sorbi (1844-1931) and taken up by Seignac.

He was elected to the Society of French artists in 1901 and exhibited at the Salon, receiving an honourable mention in 1900 and was awarded a medal in 1903.

Seignac was highly successful and his paintings of widespread appeal, as early as 1906 “La Jeunesse et l’amour” was sold in New York for the considerable sum of $1450.

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Bibliography: E Bénézit “Dictionnaire des Artistes” Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore “Popular 19th Century Painting” “List of Exhibitors at the Paris Salon”

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