Henri Schaeffer – Village Street in Corsica – 1951
Henri-Alexis Schaeffer was a French designer, caricaturist, decorator and painter.
Born August 9, 1900 in Paris, at the age of 19, he lived in Viroflay. He studied arts and was one of Fernand Cormon's pupils at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. On September 15, 1921 in Sèvres, Henri-Alexis Schaeffer married Olga Toussaint, also a young artist (poet, designer and painter).
In 1932, he was one of the illustrator-caricaturist for the political newspaper L'Animateur des Temps Nouveaux and began a long series of illustrations for Casterman in 1933. He also illustrated several newspapers published by Bonne Presse until the beginning of the war. In 1934, he became a member of the Society of French Artists which allowed him to exhibit many works each year at the Paris Salon. These watercolours and oil on canvas paintings were inspired by his observations during his various travels: paintings linked to Paris and its region, paintings of religious architecture, Breton landscapes, Corsican landscapes and portraits.
In 1951, he moved to Ile Rousse, in the north of Corsica, where he decorated the walls of the Chevallier family's inn-restaurant, where he painted this scene and other various landscapes of the island. In 1952, he and his wife participated together in the Salon des Artistes Français. Henri Schaeffer won the Chantal de Chauvigny Prize that year.
Henri Schaeffer died on February 28, 1975 in Neuilly-sur-Seine at the age of 74.
Sources: Benezit, Dictionary of Artists; Archives de France.
Artist: Henri Schaeffer (1900-1975).
Signed in lower right corner.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 55 x 46 cm. / 21 ½ x 18 in.
Frame: 74 x 66 cm. / 29 x 26 in. Gilt wood, very good condition.