Charles Francois Edouard De Beaumont


Charles Francois Edouard De Beaumont (1812-1888)
[Edouard de Beaumont, Eduard de Beaumont, Charles Édouard de Beaumont]
Pupil of:   Charles Goutzwiller, Gabriel Guerin, Michel Drolling and Picot

Several years ago death removed from the Paris art world one of its most curious characters in Charles Francois Edouard de Beaumont. He was born at Lannion, in 1821, and was the son of a sculptor. His father taught him to draw, and sent him then to the painter A.F. Boisselier to continue his studies. Antoine Felix Boisselier was a painter of history and historical landscapes, an artist of sound technique and a good master. Influenced by him de Beaumont at first took to landscape painting, in which field he made his debut at the Salon of 1838. Some three years later he turned his attention to mythological and allegorical subjects, in which his success was soon assured. He delineated the female figure with the most seductive grace, and was a pure and charming colorist. Painting in watercolors and in oils with equal facility, his works found a ready market, and he also prospered by contributing illustrations to various publications. But the man was of a sensitive nature, and disappointment of his ambition soured him. Year after year he exhibited at the Salon without receiving official recognition, and he was nearly fifty years of age before he received his first medal. This encouragement came too late. He had become a recluse and a misanthrope. But for the persuasions of Alexandre Dumas, who was his closest and almost his only friend, he would not have exhibited at all. He lived alone, among his ancient arms and costumes, of which he was a passionate collector, working steadily to distract his thoughts in his solitude, and disdaining the handsome returns the labors of his gifted pencil brought in, sinking into ever deeper gloom until, without being positively insane, as the great landscape painter Theodore Rousseau became from the same cause, he grew into a monomaniac on the subject of the injustice with which he was treated and which he regarded as the result of an organized conspiracy. In 1877 he sent to the Salon "A Nest of Sirens," which created a furor. The beauty of the figures, the grace of the composition, and the charm of the color rendered it one of the pictures of the year. The subject is the endeavor of the sisters of the sea to lure the bark of Ulysses to wreck upon the reefs. The decoration of the Legion of Honor was the result of this superb work, but even this did not tempt the painter from his course. He persisted in his bitter moodiness until his death. Among his later productions were several series of beautiful water-color drawings, to illustrate luxurious editions of "Bluebeard" and other fairy-tales.

Previous Artist        Next Artist 
Cartoon of Monsieur le Comte de Filouski
Essence of Line
Les Grecs de Paris
Illustrated Works
The Flower Garland

Dumas inherited swords from de Beaumont

de Beaumont Bibliophile
Full Article

Dumas gives de Beaumont funeral sermon - January 22, 1888
Full Article

Master Paintings



Site Map
Art-related Parts of This Site

IME logo Copyright © 2007, Mary S. Van Deusen