“A Secret Admirer” by Pierre Outin.
The accomplished artist Pierre Outin was born on 26th July 1840 in Moulins, in the district of Auvergne in central France. He is best known for his portrayals of dramatic historical genre, fêtes galantes, Orientalist works as well as portraits.
Outin had a distinctive style in which he combined light and colour with sensuality and lyric grace.
- Like many aspiring artists, Outin travelled to Paris where he trained under the landscape and figurative painter Charles Joseph Lecointe (1824-1886) from whom he gained a strong understanding for landscape painting as well as elements of the Orient.
- He was also a pupil of the classical and historical painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) whose academic style, historical subjects and fine drawing was to provide the strong grounding for his highly successful career.
- This was confirmed when he made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1868.
Like a number of mid 19th Century Continental artists, Outin turned his back on the grand academic historical style and moved towards a lighter interpretation of historical genre within a theatrical setting. In addition to this he painted a number of Oriental views as well as portraits including an extremely fine chalk study of Eugène Murer (1841-1906), which is now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
- Outin died on 30th May, 1899 at Rue de Douai.
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