Description: Eugene Henri Cauchois (French, 1850-1911), Chrysanthemums, oil on canvas, signed lower right, canvas: 21.25″h x 25.5″w, overall (with frame): 28.5″h x 33″w
Eugene Henri Cauchois was born at Rouen, in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy in Northern France. He died on the 11th October 1911 in Paris. Cauchois is probably more famous for his floral Still lifes, although he did, on occasion, paint landscapes and seascapes.
Cauchois received his artistic training under the master painters Ferdinand Duboc and Alexandre Cabanel. His soft, colourful and lustrous still lifes reflect a strong influence from the great Impressionists of his time. Cauchois’ canvases are created with layer upon layer of loose and fluid brush strokes.
Cauchois exhibited frequently at the Paris Salon from 1874 receiving several awards at the exhibitions including a Bronze medal in 1898, a Bronze in 1900, and a Silver medal in 1904. Among the works exhibited were, Culture de pavots (1891), Après la pluie (1893), Première sortie (1897), Roses de Septembre (1898) and Chez l’horticulteur (1900).
Towards the end of the Nineteenth Century he painted several large-scale decorative panels. These works were rendered with a bold stroke, exquisite naturalism and intense colour combinations. Cauchois received several commissions for these larger works, one of which was from the École de filles de la 7ème arrondissement (Girls School of the 7th district), in Paris to paint four decorative panels representing the flowers of the four seasons