Edouard Sain (Cluny 1830 – Paris 1911) French School
Les Pecheuses de moules du Bourg d'Ault Oil on canvas, 147cm x 112cm, signed and dated 1903
Les Pecheuses de moules du Bourg d'Ault was exhibited at the Societe National de Beaux Arts Salon of 1904. Edouard Sain, a highly acclaimed artist, portrays a mother and daughter with their baskets of mussels on the coast of Bourg d'Ault in the province of Picardie in northern France. captures the green, yet rocky coast of cold northern France, as well as depicting the character of the native fisherwomen, les pecheuses reflecting the 19th century French Realism, with superb skill,
Sain studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts along with the painter Picot. He had early success and won many prestigious medals in his career. His painting Petit Ramoneurs caused a sensation at the Salon of Paris in1857, where he exhibited regularly, and winning medals in 1866 and 1875. He travelled extensively painting both landscapes and genre scenes; the Industrial Revolution made travel easier during the Belle Époque and the artists could more easily use the Chemin de fer (railroad) to explore Europe. The peace and prosperity of the period built a market for paintings and Sain was a successful artist.
He received numerous State Commissions and painted the Emperor Napoleon III. Sain painted beautiful portraits. After establishing his reputation in Paris, he travelled to Pompeii with the painters Henner and Leroux and produced a number of fine paintings; his Fouilles de Pompéi 1865 is now in the Musée d’Orsay. Throughout the 1860’s and 1870’s he painted in Italy where he did a series of paintings in Capri, Rome, and Naples. Sain exhibited in Philadelphia in 1876 and Chicago in 1893. His paintings were in the collections of grand New York families: the Herriman, Schaw, and Rutherford Stuyvesant, the developer who built apartment houses in Manhattan in the 1870's.
Sain's extraordinary paintings were highly collected in his lifetime with records at the Musee d'Orsay recording clients from, Europe, America and Constantinople.
Exhibitions, Prizes and Awards
1848 - 1853, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, winning many medals.
Salon of Paris 1853-1910, Honorable mention in 1857, 1859, 1861, winning medals in 1866 and 1875.
1858, Exposition Universelle des Beaux Arts de Rouen, médaille de bronze
1862, Exposition Universelle des Beaux Arts de Rouen, médaille d'argent
1864, Exposition Universelle de Bayonne, medaille d'argent
1867, Exposition Universelle des Beaux Arts de Metz, médaille d'argent
1872, Expostion de Valenciennes
1874, London, England, International Exhibition of Fine Arts, Bronze medal
1876, Philadelphia, United States, International Exhibition, Bronze medal
1877, Chevallier de la Legion de l'Honneur
1888, Centennial Exhibition, Melbourne
1889, Exposition Universelle de Paris, medaille d'argent - Silver medal
1893, International Exhibition, Chicago, United States, Diplome commemoratif
1895 Exposition Nationale d'Angers, médaille de bronze
1900, Exposition Universelle de Paris, médaille de bronze
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York,
Musée Rolin, Autun, France
Chateau - musée de Dieppe, Dieppe, France
La Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts Luxembourg,
Musée des Beaux-Arts Reims, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts Valenciennes, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts Vaucouleurs, France
Edouard Sain, Ma carriere artistique, Livre #2, no. 167, Documentation of the Musee d’Orasy, Paris, France
Benezit, E. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs. Librairie Grund. France, 2006.
Gerald Schurr & Pierre Cabanne, Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la peinture 1820-1920, Les Edition de l’amateur, 1996
Belier de la Chavigne et Louis Auvray, Dictionnaire des Artistes de l”Ecole Francaise