A pupil of the painter Jean Victor BERTIN, Coignet is a perfect example of the landscape school of the 1830s and is sometimes referred to as one of the forerunners of the Barbizon school. Seeking to move away from the studios, the painter continued his training in plein air, across France and Europe.

Although he was regularly awarded prizes at the Salon, he nevertheless produced, alongside the Salon, original and sincere work such as this view of Guignonville, a small town between Fontainebleau and Orleans. The location of the image, indicated with the handle of the brush, allows this painting to be attributed to him with certainty because the artist almost systematically annotated his works giving these inscriptions the status of a quasi signature.

Jules COIGNET (Paris, 1798 – Paris, 1860)
« A View of Guignonville near Paris » – Oil on paper laid down on canvas – 36 cm x 33 cm – Annotated and dated lower left « Jardin de Charles / Guignonville / 8br 1838 »

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