Philippe Benoist: 1813-1885, one of France's most gifted topographical artists of the 19th century, Philippe Benoist was both a master lithographer and painter. He began his career in Paris studying and apprenticing under the most influential pioneer of early photography, Louis Daguerre. By 1836, however, Philippe Benoist had turned entirely to art and was exhibiting his views at the Paris Salons and continued to do so until 1879. As an original lithographic artist, Philippe Benoist specialized in exterior and interior views of many famous buildings. Each lithograph was printed in subtle colours using a number of tint stones. The figures and some of the foreground objects were then hand-coloured by commissioned artists. The end result produced by these large and elaborate lithographs, justifies Philippe Benoist's position as one of the greatest artists of interior views and monumental scenes of his time.
The original lithograph here titled: "Le Louvre et la Seine" is from the 'Fine 19th Century Art' directory which contains a selection of original works of art created by international painters, illustrators and graphic artists. These original works date from 1800 to 1899.
Please observe the age spots scattered throughout the lithograph.
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Frame: 19" x 23" Image: 11 1/2" x 15 1/2"