Portrait of Jehan Georges Vibert

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1840-1902

French Academic Classicism Painter

Jehan or Jean-Georges Vibert began his artistic career as an engraver in the workshop of his maternal grandfather, Jean-Pierre-Marie Jazet. In April 1857 he enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts, where he remained for six years and studied painting under Félix-Joseph Barrias (1822-1907) and François-Édouard Picot (1786-1868). Vibert's early works are indebted to the subjects and style of Picot. After his debut at the 1863 Salon, Vibert won a medal at the 1864 Salon for Narcissus Transformed into a Flower (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux), despite the scandal caused by the nudity depicted. Another mythological picture, Daphne and Chloe (Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va.), was harshly criticized at the 1866 Salon; one reviewer counseled the artist "to return to the study of nature, take on a live model." Meanwhile, the genre painting Entrance of the Toreros (private collection) he had submitted to the same Salon enjoyed a positive response. Vibert realized that he would achieve greater financial and popular success with smaller genre canvases than with larger mythological and historical paintings. Possessed of a cynical wit and great technical ability, he produced numerous anecdotal pictures that satirized the Catholic Church. Never completely abandoning his aspirations to the "higher" genres, he showed an ambitious allegorical painting, the monumental Apotheosis of Adolphe Thiers (Musée d'Orsay, Paris), at the 1878 Salon, but it, too, elicited extremely negative responses, though it was bought by the state. Also interested in the technique of watercolor, Vibert was a founding member of the Society of French Watercolorists in 1878 and served as its first president. He invented a number of products for painters, including special varnishes, brushes, and a red paint, which he named "Vibert Red" and used for his many images of cardinals. Vibert was intensely involved in the theater and wrote several satirical plays in the style of Molière, whom he greatly admired. He married one of the leading actresses of the Comédie Française, Maria Lloyd, but they divorced in 1887. He wrote frequently on art matters, and at the time of his death in 1902 he was compiling an autobiography, illustrated with reproductions of his paintings.

31 Jehan Georges Vibert Paintings

The Distraction, 1888 by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

The Distraction 1888

Oil Painting
$2757
SKU: VJG-4929
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Final Touch, n.d. by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

The Final Touch n.d.

Oil Painting
$3007
SKU: VJG-4930
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Preparations, n.d. by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

The Preparations n.d.

Oil Painting
$3254
SKU: VJG-4931
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Diet, n.d. by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

The Diet n.d.

Oil Painting
$3219
Canvas Print
$49.05
SKU: VJG-4932
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: 71 x 61 cm
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

Tea for the Bishop, n.d. by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

Tea for the Bishop n.d.

Oil Painting
$2796
SKU: VJG-4933
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: unknown
Collection of Fred and Sherry Ross, New Jersey, USA

Sailing His Boat, c.1880 by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

Sailing His Boat c.1880

Oil Painting
$752
SKU: VJG-4934
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

The Bullfighter's Adoring Crowd, n.d. by Jehan Georges Vibert | Painting Reproduction

The Bullfighter's Adoring Crowd n.d.

Oil Painting
$5148
Canvas Print
$50.81
SKU: VJG-8365
Jehan Georges Vibert
Original Size: 75.9 x 52.4 cm
Private Collection

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