Leon Joseph Voirin

(1833 - 1887)

Rue animée de Nancy

Signed and dated, lower right: L. Voirin/1878
Oil on canvas
18 x 13 in – 45.7 x 33 cm


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Private collection, France


The twin brother of fellow artist Jules Antoine Voirin (1833-1898) born in Nancy (Meurthe et Moselle). Léon Joseph Voirin like his brother painted military pictures but he was a genre painter for which he was better known.

His highly defined style of painting can be likened to the work of Jean Béraud (1849-1936) and the watercolourist Eugène Galien Laloue (1854-1941) particularly in his portrayal of people and places of La Vie Parisienne. In 1874, Voirin made his debut at the Paris Salon with a view of his hometown Nancy, the town he favoured most in painting and he would sometimes combine his subjects depicting soldiers and cavalrymen on the Champs Elysée.

His works can be found in museums in: Beziers and Nancy.

Voirin Leon Joseph