Item #AT-0491

Emile Henry Renard (1850 - 1930) Pche au bord des tangs Oil on Canvas


Emile Henry Renard (1850 - 1930)

Pche au bord des tangs by
Fishing at the Ponds Edge
Oil on canvas
14.5 x 22 Unframed
19.5 x 27.5 Framed
Signed Lower Right
Dated 1886
Signed verso E. Renard 1886 on stretcher and E. Renard on inside bottom stretcher.

Scherers Antiques, Lake George NY.
Thomas B. Vokes Galleries, Morristown NJ
Private collection , NJ

mile Henry Renard was born in Svres on 5 October, 1850 to Hubert Constantin Renard (1828-1919) and Francoise Genevieve Henriette Brault. His father worked at the Svres porcelain factory as a porcelain artist and turner where he later became head of production and his mother also worked there as a porcelain artist.
He most likely received artistic tuition from both his mother and father who would have also taught his brother Henri Constantin. Encouraged by his parents, he began his working life at the porcelain factory with his brother, however after a few years decided to pursue a career in oil painting.

He moved to Paris where he enrolled at the Ecole de Beaux Arts and was tutored by Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) and Csar de Cock (1823-1904). His main body of work was genre subjects and portraits; however, he also produced a number of landscapes. He began exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1873 contributing works there regularly over the years. He also exhibited abroad in Luxemburg. During his lifetime he won a number of awards including a third-class medal at the Paris Salon of 1876, a second class medal in 1889 and a medal of honour in 1911. He also won a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and Le Prix Bonnat in 1924.

After the death of his first wife Jeanne Benunc, Renard married Felicie Magdeleine Eugenie Marguerite Pihet on 15 November, 1894. In 1895 he was awarded a knight of the Legion dHonneur and later became an Officer of the Legion dHonneur in 1929 for services to art. He was vice president of the Societe des Artists Francais for a time and later became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He was also Director of the teaching of drawing and painting for the Legion DHonneur and was described by his colleagues as a remarkable teacher. Renard died on 4 August, 1930 at Barbizon. An example of his work can be found at the Musee DOrsay.