Guillonnet, Emile Octave Denis Victor
Oil on Canvas 21 3/4" x 18 1/8"
Guillonnet showed great talent as a young man and began studying under Lionel Royer at the age of thirteen, receiving his first medal at the Paris Salon just two years later. By the age of 21, he was classed Hors-Concours by the Salon and gained the right to exhibit without jury approval, and in 1901 was awarded the national travel scholarship and spent a year in Algeria. The light and color of this country had a lasting affect on Guillonnet, and this was also the point in which he developed his interest in the Impressionist theory of painting half shadows. His earliest mature style was rather symbolist in comparison, but in 1915, he became more strictly Post-Impressionist and painted mainly figures and garden scenes. He became an Official Painter of the 3rd Republic and obtained a number of commissions for work, including those for the Hotel de Ville of Paris, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Caracas, and the Stations of the Cross in Philadelphia. Today, his works are represented in the Museum of Luxenbourg, the Paris Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Bordeaux among others.