PAUL VIRY PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
Born in Pocé, France, Paul Alphonse Viry studied art in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts under the instruction of François-Édouard Picot, a member of the Institut des Beaux-Arts and the official painter of the July Monarchy. From 1861 to 1891, Viry was a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Beaux-Arts. He gained notice at the 1864 Salon with his painting Dans le Bois which was purchased by Princess Mathilde, a cousin of Napoleon III. Viry also found success in the United States with exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Art Association. Art dealers Avery and Lucas took a particular interest in Viry and the Philadelphia art collector Warren E. Burgess acquired several of Viry's pieces.
Paul Viry was known for the exceptional detail in his paintings, the majority of which were documentary studies and still-lifes in the troubadour style representing scenes from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Viry’s archives contained large quantities of photographs from which he was able to refer to in creating his works. Particularly notable is his striking detail in painting animals, such as hunting dogs and birds, as well as elaborate furniture and fabrics.