Guido Sigriste, painter of history and Franco-Swiss military subjects, born April 10, 1864 in Aarau (Switzerland). He was the pupil, in Paris, of the academic painters Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefèbvre. He debuted at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1891 and received an honourable mention in 1905 before dedicating himself to the Napoleonic military epics of the 1st Empire and military cavalry scenes. Many of his works are on display in museums and public institutions.
He was also the inventor of a photographic instrument for which he won the gold medal at the 1900 Universal Exhibition.
During the Great War, he joined the 1st Regiment of the Foreign Legion. Injured, he was repatriated to the home front and died in Pau on March 14, 1915, as a result of his wounds. The artist has been declared "Dead for France".
He is buried in Bois-le-Roi, a village where he lived, located in the forest of Fontainebleau, whose surroundings he used as a background for his portraits of Napoleonic horsemen.
Sources : Benezit, Dictionary of Artists; Wikipedia.
Artist: Guido Sigriste (1864-1915).
Signed in lower right corner.
Medium: Pen and ink.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions : 23 x 16 cm. / 9 x 6 1/2 in.
Frame: 34 x 27.5 cm. / 13 1/2 x 11 in. Original, sculpted wood. Good general condition.