Artist of the moment……Hippolyte Petitjean

Hippolyte Petitjean was born in 1854 in the city of Macon, France. Petitjean painted in a realist manner and also a pointalist style. I attended the wonderful show celebrating Parisian painters at the Denver Art Museum, and was fascinated at the look of this work from far away.

Hippolyte Petitjean began an apprentice ship with a local artist when he was thirteen years old. At that time he also began taking evening drawing lessons. The lessons paid off and the artist won a city scholarship to attend the Ecole des Beaux- Arts in Paris, France. A major influence at the institution was the founder of the Society of the Beautiful Arts named Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Chavannes had a strong impact on the painter.

In the mid 1870s he joined the Neo-Impressionist group after being asked to join by Georges Seurat.

Over his career he would earn a living as a drawing teacher and a painter. As a painter he would go through periods of painting more realistically with a palette of muted greys. He would also go through periods of time where he painted with a pointalist style that emphasized many droplets of color.

The artist passed away in 1929.

Price range information: Works are in watercolor and oils and range from $5,000 to $100,000.

The work of Hippolyte Petitjean really impressed me in person at the Denver Art Museum. It was my favorite pointalist painting!



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