Camille Flers / Cottage by the River with Washerwomen / 1835Camille Flers
Cottage by the River with Washerwomen

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Creator Name: Flers, Camille
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1802 - 1868

Camille Flers, son of the director of a porcelain factory, received his first artistic training from a pastelist named Demarey. He then worked at his father's factory and studied under Pierre Ciceri (1782-1868), who had him paint theater decorations. He was also briefly a student of Joseph Fran├žois Paris (1784-1871), a landscape painter and friend of his father. Flers took a job as a cook on a boat traveling to Brazil in 1820 and journeyed around South America while taking many odd jobs to earn a living. In 1826 he returned to France and worked again as a porcelain decorator. Flers painted in the countryside during his free time and made his Salon debut in 1831. He exhibited there regularly through 1863, receiving a second-class medal in 1847 and the Legion of Honor in 1849. After his initial Salon success, Flers began to work in Normandy and also became fascinated with the area around Fontainebleau. He was one of the precursors of the Barbizon school, making studies directly from nature and using them for the final compositions he created in the studio.

Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Paris, 15 February 1802
Creator Death Place: Annot-sur-Marne, 27 June 1868
Creator Name-CRT: Camille Flers
Title: Cottage by the River with Washerwomen
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1835
Creation End Date: 1835
Creation Date: 1835
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on fabric
Dimensions: Unframed: 29.8cm x 46.1cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: Flers / 1835
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1980.259
Credit Line: Bequest of Noah L. Butkin
Provenance: Galerie Claude Marumo, Paris. Bought by Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, Cleveland, in 1977. Bequeathed to the CMA in 1980.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1980.259
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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