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Pierre Outin, Calypso’s Bower
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TITLE:  Calypso’s Bower
ARTIST:  Pierre Outin (French, 1840–1899)
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on canvas
SIZE:  Canvas size: 26 x 35 1/2 inches
Framed size: 33 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches
PRICE*:  50,000 GBP - and above  (Convert prices to your currency with our Currency Converter)
GALLERY:  Haynes Fine Art of Broadway  +44 (0)13 8685 2649  Send Email

Pierre Outin was born at Moulins in the Auvergne an historic region and former province of central France in 1840.

He became a pupil in Paris of the classical history painter Charles Joseph Lecointe and of the great Alexander Chabanel and was greatly influenced by their style and technique and the ethics of the Prix de Rome, which was the fashionable style of the day.

The tradition of the Prix de Rome Contests was introduced by the Académie in 1663 as a way of selecting which students would enjoy stays at the Académie de France in Rome. There were competitions in painting, sculpture, architecture, etching and musical composition, of which painting was the most celebrated. The Grand Prix de Rome in History Painting was the highest honour that an artist could achieve at that time in France and across the world. Of the many contest categories, the Prix de Rome Contests were the most elaborate and prestigious, capturing the attention of the international press and catapulting its winners towards fame and often successful art careers.

In ‘Calypso’s Bower’, Outin demonstrates his proficiency of technique and style in rendering the human figure on canvas whilst employing a subtle palette and a creative and successful narrative ability. In this work he deftly portrays the flower vendor in particular in perfectly three dimensional pose gesturing with exemplary fore-shortening.

The title lends itself to the interpretation that the fl ower vendor is tempting one of the well dressed gentlemen enjoying high-spirited refreshments ‘al fresco’ and aims to ensnare him as Calypso did Odysseus with the promise of immortality in Greek mythology.

Outin’s work makes only rare appearances on the art market. However, his works may be seen at the Moulins Museum, which holds a work entitled “An episode in the route of Quiberon”.

He died in Paris in 1899.

PROVENANCE:  Private collection
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