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

The Mystery Surrounding Albert Lynch!

Alberto Fernando Lynch aka 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. The mystery deepened when I found another source that suggested Albert Lynch was born on 26 September 1860, in Gleisweiler in the Rhineland of Germany.

It seems there is compelling evidence that there are questions surrounding Albert Lynch’s date and place of birth as well as his death. The mystery has yet to be fully solved as demonstrated by a ARTUK discussion board, entitled “Can more be found about Peruvian artist Albert Lynch (b.1851)? What is his date of death?”

We know that Albert Lynch’s 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.

Woman Walking Down Steps on to a Beach (oil on canvas) by Albert Lynch (1851-1912), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Unfortunately we know very little 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.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

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