#FridayPainting: Albert Lynch “Woman Walking Down Steps on to a Beach”

This is what I know about the artist, Albert Lynch.

Albert Lynch was was born in 1851 in Trujillo, Peru but by the age of 21, he was studying painting in Paris at the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts. How he came to travel the distance from Peru to Paris was not found in any of my searches. We know that his teachers included Gabriel Ferrier, Henri Lehmann and Jules Achille Noël.

In 1890 and 1892, he exhibited, with great success, at the Paris Salon. He received the coveted gold medal on the occasion of the 1900 World Exhibition. A year later, he was accepted into the Legion of Honor.

Unfortunately we know nothing about Albert Lynch’s family life and must rely on his paintings, created with water colours, pastels, gouache and oil, to tell his story and the story of his age, the Belle Époque. He captured the carefreeness, glamour and elegance of the era in the women he brought to life in his paintings. His art was a witness to an unforgettable time in history.

Albert Lynch’s outstanding achievements as a painter drew the attention of famous writers, such as Alexandre Dumas, Henry Becque and Honoré de Balzac, who consulted him for their book illustrations.