French, 1838–1892

Léon Germain Pelouse

A self-taught French landscape painter, Léon Germain Pelouse was born in Pierrelaye, outside of Paris. He worked as a traveling salesman and served in the French army as a conscript before devoting himself to painting in his late twenties. His first Salon exhibition in 1865 met with criticism, but rather than studying under a master, Pelouse moved to Britanny and continued painting, finding inspiration around Pont-Aven and Rochefort-en-Terre. He went on to receive much acclaim and many Salon medals, including a silver medal in 1873 and a gold medal in 1878. Pelouse also received a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and was decorated with the Légion d'Honneur. His works can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d'Orsay, and regional museums throughout France.

Museum Collections:
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Quimper, Quimper

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