Léon RICHET 1847/1907 - Peasant woman and fishermen by the river
Signed: lower left
Period: French School XIX
Theme : Landscape
Technique: Oil on canvas - Old restorations - Rentoilé
Size: With frame 79 x 64 cm - Without frame 65.5 x 51 cm
Frame: Beautiful wooden frame and gold stucco with gold leaf
Technique used / Oil on canvas - Old restorations - Rentoilé
Dimensions : 64 x 79 cm
Framing : Beautiful wooden frame and gold stucco with gold leaf
Number of copies : 1
The Artist : Léon RICHET
Leon RICHET 1847/1907
Painter born in Solesmes in 1847 and died in Fontainebleau on March 26, 1907.
French School - Barbizon School
Influence: Detrez, Courbet, Corot, Narcissus Diaz de la Pena
Léon Richet (Solesmes, April 15, 1843 - Fontainebleau, March 28, 1907) was a French landscape painter who was counted among the last representatives of the school of Barbizon. He was born into the family of Jean Baptiste Joseph Richet and Sophie Elisa Milon. His father was the local miller of the "Moulin Cardon", another family name in Solesmes.
He first took classes in drawing and painting at the "Academic Schools" of Valenciennes with Ambroise Détrez (pupil of neoclassical painter Léon Cogniet ). Richet was appointed in 1879 professor at the high school of Valenciennes. For his continuing education, Richet first went to Paris with Teinturier, a painter from Valenciennes. He then became a pupil at the Julian Academy of the portraitist Jules Lefebvre and the history painter Gustave Boulenger . But he also collaborated with the famous Barbizon painter , Narcisse Díaz de la Peña , who would have a great influence on him. There are, incidentally, paintings on which appear at the same time their signature. Richet then devoted himself to outdoor painting in the vicinity of Fontainebleau, Barbizon and Veneux-les-Sablons (where a street now bears his name). He followed the style of the Peña, especially in the detailed representation of the reflections of light in the water and the influence of sunlight on the clouds. He wanted to capture the untouched nature in his paintings and showed his passion for the light because he would attract the Impressionists a few years later.
He has traveled extensively and recorded landscapes in Auvergne, Picardy and sea views at Tréport. He also traveled to Belgium, where painters from the Tervuren school were working.
He exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1869. He received an honorable mention in 1885, in 1898 a third class medal and in 1900 a second class medal. From then on, he was, as a member of the Society of French Artists, exempt from judging for the Salon contest. He also participated in the Paris World Fair in 1900. He continued to participate in exhibitions until 1906. He was also named for an officer cross in the Legion of Honor.
Source Bénézit, Wikipedia
In addition to many works still in private possession, there are paintings in French museums in Paris (Musée d'Orsay), Nice, Reims, Rennes and abroad: Boston and San Francisco (USA), Leeds (Grande Brittany)  and Montreal (Canada).