Still Life with PeachesOil on canvas
18 ½ by 22 in. w/frame 25 ½ by 29 in.
Signed “H. Cauchois” lower right
Private Collection, New York
Le Trianon Fine Art & Antiques, Sheffield, MA.Inventory Number: Art c16
Like many painters of his generation, Eugène-Henri Cauchois found a compromise between the techniques of the Academy and modern, Impressionist tendencies in his creation of genre and still-life paintings. Born in Rouen in 1850, Cauchois became a student of Ferdinand Duboc and of Alexandre Cabanel. Although he debuted at the Salon in 1874, it seems that his greatest success as a painter came during the 1890s: Cauchois became a Sociétaire of the Société des Artistes Français in 1890, was awarded a third-class medal at the Salon of 1898, a bronze medal in 1900, and a second-class medal in 1904.
His success during this period is not difficult to understand given the style of the present work. The 1890s presented the height of a vogue for Impressionistic paint-handling and luminous color supported by precise draftsmanship. Cauchois’s adeptness at this technique is apparent in the vibrancy of light and solidity of forms in this garden view.
Late in his career, Cauchois turned to decorative painting, accepting many commissions for large-scale works, including a suite of the four seasons for the school of the seventh arrondisement of Paris. He continued to work on such decorative commissions until his death in 1911.
Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture 1820-1920 by Gerald Schurr & Pierre Cabanne, pg. 240-241, Tome I, A a H
Benezit, Dictionnaire des PeintresMuseums and Exhibitions:
Angers; Louviers; Galerie Roussel; Montauban, Musée Ingres; Perpignan; Rouen