1860 - 1944
Title: “Bather at the Brook”
Date: c. 1890
Size: Height: 39 inches Width: 29 inches (framed)
Antoine Calbet was born in Engayrac, France in 1860 and died in Paris in 1944. He was a pupil of Alexandre Cabanel and Emile-Francois Michel and also studied with the genre painter Edouard Antoine Marsal. He was highly regarded as painter and illustrator of nudes and genre scenes. His subject matter and treatment of the human figure reflect an eighteenth century, Rococo influence, often including naturalistic, pastoral scenes depicted in a manner exuding lightness, elegance, and decorative charm.
Calbet made his public exhibition debut at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1880 where he exhibited regularly, and he continued to take part in the Paris Salons until 1940. A gifted watercolourist as well as a portrait and genre painter, Calbet had a particular penchant for studies of languid female nudes. Beginning in 1880, Calbet exhibited regularly eventually becoming a member, and earning medals in 1891, 1892, 1893, and 1900.
Calbet provided numerous illustrations, notably: Aphrodite by P. Louys, Madame Neigeon by E. Zola, and Le Jardub de Berenice by M. Barres. Examples of this artist's work may be seen in museums including the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; and the Musee des Augustins, Toulouse, France.
This wonderful example of Calbet’s work is signed by the artist and on verso and was exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais, label verso.