Paul Trouillebert

(French, 1829-1900)


An artist whose landscapes were closely aligned with the Barbizon school, Paul Desire Trouillebert demonstrated prodigious artistic abilities from a very early age.  Born in Paris in 1829, his talent was such that he was able to study with the esteemed teachers Auguste-Antoine Hébert and Charles-Francois Jallabert.  Trouillebert’s early exploration of genre scenes and portraiture created a foundation for much of his mature work.  In fact, the majority of his entries for the annual Salon, at which he debuted in 1865, consisted of portraits.  From that point on, his paintings were regularly accepted into the prestigious yearly exhibitions.
It was in the realm of landscape painting, however, that the artist felt most comfortable.  The inspiration gained from working en plein-air had a tremendous impact on Trouillbert, whose sensitive brushwork and subdued palette appealed greatly to collectors.  In much of his work, one finds the influence of Camille Corot, an artist who very much inspired Trouillebert.  It is interesting to note that Trouillebert’s first recognition came when the son of Alexandre Dumas acquired a painting thinking that it was the work of Corot. The younger Dumas was misled by the similarities in the compositions and styles of the two painters.
Trouillebert had a long and distinguished career and his work is featured in major private and public collections worldwide.
Museum Collections Include:
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersberg; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Norton Simon, Pasadena; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nice, France; Museo National de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; The Walters Art Museum, Maryland; Muse Le Puy; Muse de Mulhouse; Muse de Nice; Muse de Reims;  Muse de Reichenberg;  Muse de Saumur.

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