Leon Richet

(French, 1847-1947)

Biography

A member of the esteemed Barbizon School (the Pre-Impressionists), Richet was a noted painter of landscapes, still lifes and genre scenes.  Born in Solesne in 1847, the artist showed great talent at an early age and initially studied with Ambroise Detrez at the Academy of Valenciennes. His skills developed rapidly under the tutelage of such esteemed artists as Diaz de la Pena, Jules Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger.  Richet was also greatly influenced by Theodore Rousseau’s powerful and mystical depictions of nature.

Collectorship of Richet’s art gained momentum throughout Europe, culminating in the artist’s debut in the Paris Salon of 1869, as well as inclusion in the Salon des Artistes Francais.  He received an Honorable Mention in the Salon of 1885 and Second Class Medals in the Salons of 1888 and 1901.

Richet is considered an important and respected figure from the Barbizon School and his paintings continue to be in great demand by collectors  and museums throughout the world.

Museum Collections Include:  Hermitage Museum, Leningrad; Montreal Museum, Montreal; Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, PA;  Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, MI; Nice, Musee d’Art Moderne, Reims Museum, France.

Exhibited:  Salon, 1869; Salon, Honorable Mention 1885; Salon 2nd Place Medal 1888; Salon, 2nd Place Medal 1901


Leon Richet Paintings