The boat race
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Ferdinand Joseph Gueldry ( 1858 - 1945)
Ferdinand Joseph Gueldry was a pupil of the great historical and genre professor of art Jean-Léon Gerome (1824-1904) at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He learnt to paint very similarly to Gerome in terms of colour and technique employing great clarity in his work when necessary but particularly when depicting people. Gueldry was a genre painter and he concentrated at first painting ordinary people working at the factories and mills in and around Paris occasionally painting the markets like Victor Gilbert (1847-1933). His depiction of workers in the factories and mills have a deep sincerity of expression; for example, this can be seen in Le Decoupage des Metaux, which is in the Amiens Museum.