Place de la Bastille - Paris

André Eugène Costilhes

Cunlhat (Puy-de-Dôme) 1865 - 1940 Pontchartrain (Yvelines)

Oil on wood panel (mahogany), 10.63 x 8.45 in. (27 x 21.5 cm). Signed lower left. Verso titled 'Paris - Colonne de Juillet - Bastille ' and refers to the artist Address: 16, Rue de Bizerte, Batignolles (17th arrondissement, Paris). Housed in a modern quality frame, size 16.14 x 13.99 in. (41 x 35.5 cm)

Provenance: Collection of Charles Beauverie (1839-1923), Pontoise, France

Price: € 3,800 / $ 3,800


This oilpainting is executed in an impressionist liquid brushstroke, showing a nice impasto.


At the age of 18 years Costilhes was awarded with a fellowship to Paris. The biggest influence on his work had Léon Bonnat. Costilhes overcomes the shackles of academicism and follows in the footsteps of the Impressionists. During his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, he already won numerous awards and medals.

In 1892 he accepted a professorship in Marseille and married the painter Jeanne Lafont who already successfully exhibited too. In 1896, the couple settled in Paris and earned a living mainly with decorative painting (public buildings, private houses, castles, churches). Jeanne died in 1913. 1915 he married Anna Fontaine, with whom he had three children.

Costilhes exhibited in all the Paris Exhibition Salons, especially among the famous Impressionist galleries, Durand-Ruel (1902) and the Galerie Georges Petit (1903).


ARTIST DICTIONARIES: Vollmer; Bénézit; Joseph

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Musee d'Art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand; Musée du Louvre, departement des arts graphiques, Paris.

handcrafted museum quality frame