Description: PIERRE EUGÈNE MONTÉZIN (French 1874-1946) A PAINTING, “Study for a Bridge,” gouache on paper, signed L/R. 7 1/2″ x 7″
Pierre Eugène Montézin was a French Post-Impressionist painter who worked in the tradition of the Impressionists Alfred Sisley and Claude Monet. Working en plein-air, Montézin captured light and shade in the French countryside with rich colors and direct brushstrokes. Born on October 16, 1874 in Paris, France, he grew up in an affluent family and was taken on fishing expeditions with his father as a child. Montézin later apprenticed as a decorative painter before deciding to pursue a career in fine art. In 1893, he began submitting his paintings to the Paris Salon, he finally achieved this goal after a decade of failed attempts. From 1903 onward, the artist received continuing recognition for his work, including medals in 1907 and 1910. After surviving his service during World War I, Montézin resumed painting and began again to exhibit. The artist died on July 10, 1946 in Moëlan-sur-Mer, France, while on a painting expedition in Brittany. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, the Ulster Museum in Belfast, and the Petit Palais in Paris, among others.