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Artists' biographies : Théobald CHARTRAN

Date of birth: 1849

Date of death: 1907

Nationality : Théobald  CHARTRAN

Theobald Chartran born in Besancon July 20, 1849 and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, 16 July 1907, is a French academic painter. Son of a magistrate, judge of the Court of Appeal of Besançon, Theobald is Chartran student at Lycée Victor Hugo in Besançon where he distinguished himself by his already talented cartoonist, he works mainly with respect to his teachers. First for the judiciary, he discovered his vocation as a painter and started trying to copy the paintings in the museum of Besancon. At the age of eighteen, he was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied in the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel and in 1877 obtained the Grand Prix de Rome on the subject of "The Catch Rome by the Gauls. " Chartran experiences early success and received numerous commissions, including portraits of high society. He made portraits of President Carnot, Sarah Bernhardt, of Pope Leo XIII, President Roosevelt, etc.. May 17, 1886, he obtained, for 40,000 francs, the order of the decoration of the grand staircase of the Sorbonne. He finished his work in 1889 after conducting extensive historical research, for which he asked for a permanent library card from the National Library. He directed nine panels in oil on canvas, clowns up, depicting episodes from the history of science. He also participated in decorating the City Hall of Paris and painted the ceiling of the ballroom of the Hotel de Ville de Montrouge. Under the signature of "T" he made for the British magazine Vanity Fair caricatures of French Prime Minister William Henry Waddington, Charles Gounod, Victor Hugo, Louis Blanc Dumas son, Napoleon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte. He lives in a Paris mansion 3a instead of the United States where, with his wife Sylvie, he received artists, writers and politicians. "His intimate, reports Andrew of Fouquières, called" Tib, "which was displaying a name less than Theobald. He had a physical musketeer, as big hat loved by the painters of the time. Sylvie Chartran was pretty and elegant. Their salon was the rendezvous not only of popular artists, but writers and politicians. It honored the music, so that nothing might distract guests the pleasures of hearing, the hostess was, around the piano, an almost total darkness. In a religious silence, then stood the songs that the composer had chosen that evening. In most cases, it was Isidore de Lara, who played his own tunes. When he had distilled all the nostalgia of Rondel's Farewell: "To leave is to die a little ... "Ms. Chartran assumed that the atmosphere had become conducive to great escapes. Then she was made a phonograph acquired in America and dispensed at the meeting of the desire also still mysterious by having them hear the first Negro spirituals. Because Chartran divided their time between France and the United States where the painter was the pampered child of billionaire company. He made the portrait of Mrs. and Miss Theodore Roosevelt, Archbishop Corrigan, Archbishop of New York and most of the notables of the Fifth Avenue - all obviously highly beneficial orders which enabled him later to move to much more sumptuously, in Neuilly. Then he made in 1906, the portrait of my friend the Maharajah of Kapurthala. "On an island of Lake Geneva, Salagnon Island (also known as the Roche seagulls), located in Clarens (Vaud), which it acquired in 1900, he asked an architect named Lauzanne, then Louis Villard, father of singer Swiss Jean Villard, to draw up plans for a Florentine-style villa on two floors with grand staircase and small port. It raise the walls that surround the island that backfilling with earth of Savoy brought by boat. It gives this property the lavish celebration, which shoots magnificent fireworks and crowd where French politicians like Alexandre Millerand and Barthou, its billionaires like Henry Clay Frick and many artists. In January 1904 he was elected to the Academy of Besançon. After his death in 1907, his native town erected a bronze statue, unveiled in 1910, due to the sculptor Victor Ségoffin. It is melted during the Second World War and a bronze bust, due to local sculptor Laethier, is then placed on the promenade Granvelle. He is buried in Paris at Passy cemetery (15th division) where his grave is adorned with his bust by Jean-Joseph Carriès.


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