Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy Interior Painting - Devant le Guignol
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Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy
Devant le Guignol

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Marionette and puppet shows on the boulevards or in the parks of Paris have been popular for well over a century and continue to be so even to the present. Today parents can take their children to see the Guignol du Jardin d’Acclimation or Marionettes du Jardin du Luxembourg or Marionettes du Champ de Mars or Marionettes de Jardin Champs-Elysées or any number of shows in other places. In this delightful painting of four small children we immediately are drawn into their scene wondering what it is that they are reacting to with such surprise, concern, amusement and pleasure. Jean Jules Henri Geoffroy, who often singed his painting with a simple “Geo,” is in his most perfect element here as he records the innocense of children caught in the make-believe world of the puppet show. Geoffroy uses a rich, somber palette in “Devant le Guignol” which allows for rosy checks, pink lips and dark eyes to form expressive emotions. He especially was wonderful at showing flesh tones. These children are clean and fresh and are full of the glow of health. The quick, broad washes and generalized, rapid brushwork show Geoffroy’s skilled use of gouache as well as his fine draughtsmanship. The artist’s intimate understanding of a child’s world and his obvious affection for children make this painting as enjoyable today as it was when he painted it. Geoffroy illustrated Adolphe Tavernier and Arsene Alexandre’s book Le Guignol des Champs-Elysées (Puppet Shows of the Champs-Elysées). Jean Jules Henri Geoffroy was born on March 1, 1853 at Marennes (Charente Maritime) on the Atlantic coast south of La Rochelle and Rochefort. His father Jean Baptiste Geoffroy was a tailor. His mother was Rosalie Dickinson. Geoffroy first studied under the painter Eugène Levasseur (B. 1822) who later helped him enroll at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1871 in the studio of Léon Bonnat (1833-1922). He also studied with Émile Bin (1825-1897), and out of financial necessity he worked in the studio of Eugène Adam, a decorative painter. In 1874 Geoffroy exhibited at the Salon for the first time.

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  • Artist
    Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy
  • Medium
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Signed "Geo", Lower Right
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 22.25 in. x W 16 in.H 56.52 cm x W 40.64 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711983803
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 32.63" x 26.5"Price: $35,000
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