Joseph Bail, Les lingères Joseph Bail, Les lingères

Joseph Bail, Les lingères Joseph Bail, Les lingères

Biography

Born, in 1862 in Limonest in the Rhone region of France, artist Joseph-Claude Bail was part of France's anti-revolutionary art movement. His father, Jean-Antoine Bail, was a trained genre painter who was heavily influenced by the Dutch masters and focused his attention on depicting scenes from daily life, a heavy influence on Joseph's work.

Food

In 1878, Bail began painting Still Lifes, primarily of food, such as his work Sea fish and Oysters. This sparked Bail's passion for the world of gastronomy, painting food as much as those who prepare it.

Anti-modernist and Masters of the past

Like his realistic contemporaries such as Antoine Vollon and Theodule Ribot, Joseph-Claude Bail was born during a period of intense disagreement in the Parisian art world. Salon juries were rejecting many progressive artists' works.

Realism had brought forward figures such as Gustave Courbet. Yet not all artists can be said to belong this modern view of the nineteenth century. Bail found prestige and critical acclaim at the Salons with works that relied on past styles and traditions influenced by the masters of the 17th century.

In a period of increasing modernity and industrialization, these paintings glorified the past ways of life in France and found a sympathetic audience in bourgeois patrons.

Bail was praised for the Intimacy of his painting, modern life and subjects who would often be abandoned in the art world, distinguishing himself with compositions featuring female servants. His interiors often included a figure positioned near a window, illuminated by this strong sense of lighting.

Auctions and collections

Bail's work is in the collection of the Museum of Orsay as well as around the globe in gallery collections in Boston and others.

In the 2000s, Bail's work has sold at auction in excess of $46 000. Check out realized prices for Joseph-Claude Bail here.

There are several high-quality items presented in the sale. Check out three of our favorite works of art from Leclere XIXth century sale.

CLAUDE LOUIS MARIE REVOL (Lyon 1815 - 1872) Bouquet de fleurs dans un vase. CLAUDE LOUIS MARIE REVOL (Lyon 1815 - 1872)
Bouquet de fleurs dans un vase

EUGÈNE BOUDIN (Honfleur 1824 - Deauville1898) Les quais au Havre EUGÈNE BOUDIN (Honfleur 1824 - Deauville1898)
Les quais au Havre

JEAN LÉON GERÔME (Vesoul 1824 - Paris 1904) Un cheval à l’écurie JEAN LÉON GERÔME (Vesoul 1824 - Paris 1904)
Un cheval à l’écurie

Check out the full catalog here.

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