Eugène Béjot

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A Paris Street, 1898, Dallas Museum of Art

Eugène Béjot (Paris, August 31, 1867 – Paris, February 28, 1931) was a French etcher.

He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris and learnt to etch with Henri-Gabriel Ibels in 1891. Béjot's technical skills were already apparent in his 1892 first commissioned series, La Seine a Paris. He then firmly established his reputation with his widely acclaimed La Samaritaine, which was exhibited at the Peintres-Graveurs exhibition in Paris in 1893.

Béjot’s work is inextricably linked to Paris. He made many etchings of the Seine, as well as of the quays and buildings of Paris. His delicate use of light evokes the city’s atmosphere.

Béjot was very highly regarded in England. In 1908, he was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in London. He also became a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1912.

References[edit]

  • Grove Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996), article by Etrenne Lymberg, vol. 3, pp. 522-523.
  • Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, 2006, vol. 2, p. 45.
  • L’Oeuvre gravée d’Eugène Béjot, Paris: J. Laren, 1937.