Auguste Clément Joseph Hoürst (known as Herst) was a French landscape, seascape and watercolour painter. He was born on August 18, 1825 in Rocroi (Ardennes). Professor of drawing at the Polytechnic Association of Paris for more than 20 years, he exhibited at the Salon from 1861 to 1888. He participated in the Universal Exhibitions in 1867 (Paris), 1873 (Vienna), 1874 (London) and 1876 (Philadelphia). He was appointed Officer of the Academy in 1863, Officer of Public Instruction in 1868 and Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1874. Using Boulogne-sur-Mer, Marseilles, La Grande Chartreuse, Fontainebleau, Savoie and Normandy as backdrops for his paintings, many of these works can be found in the museums of Aurillac, Chartres, La Rochelle and the Louvre, in Paris. He died in Nice on August 10, 1900 at the age of 74 years.
This watercolour represents a lively village street, possibly Fontainebleau. An inscription on the back indicates that this work was sold at a notarial sale in Nice, several months after the death of the painter. In good general condition, the work shows minute traces of moisture in the lower left corner and slight scratches in the sky.
Artist: Auguste Herst (1825-1900).
Medium: Watercolour on paper.
Condition: Good condition.
Dimensions: 33 x 26 cm / 13 x 10 1/4 in. (visible).
Frame: 49 x 43 cm. / 19 1/4 x 17 in. Gilt wood, early 20th century, glass and mat. Very good condition.