Charles-Alexandre Coëssin de la Fosse

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Charles-Alexandre Coëssin de la Fosse
Born 1829
Flag of France.svg Lisieux
Died 1910
Flag of France.svg Paris
Nationality French
Education François-Édouard Picot, Thomas Couture
Known for painting, drawing, engraving
Notable work
  • L'embuscade
  • La mort de Dom Juan
  • La joueuse de tambourin
Movement Neoclassicism, History painting
Awards Third class medal in 1873 (Paris)

Charles-Alexandre Coëssin de la Fosse (1829–1910) was a French neoclassisist painter and engraver.


He was born in Lisieux, Calvados (a department in Normandy), he went in Paris in 1857 in a way to make his first exhibition. From this time and during his entire life, he exhibited regularly at the Salon. He painted mostly genre scenes—war, religion, and mythology—and is noted for his skill in composition and the use of color. He died in Paris in 1910.

His work is strongly influenced by the reaction against the Republic, and by the Catholic religion. This is obviously an expression of his personal conviction: actually his family was a noble and traditional one, but the influence of his patrons was probably determinative. Much of Coëssin de la Fosse's work represents the chouans, like L'embuscade (the ambush), or Catholic worship scenes such as Procession autour d'une croix en pierre (Procession around a stone cross).

Today, his work is owned by museums in Bayeux, Gray, Liège, Lisieux, Reims, Paris, and New York.


  • L'embuscade (oil on canvas)
  • Bénédiction des combattants vendéens (oil on canvas)
  • La joueuse de tambourin (oil on canvas, 1873)
  • Les politiques au Palais Royal (oil on canvas, 1873)
  • Après le banquet (oil on canvas, 1876)
  • La mort de Dom Juan (oil on canvas, 1878)
  • Une procession au Pardon de Ploumanac'h (oil on canvas, 1884)
  • Le sauvetage : chasse au lion en Arabie (drawing, 1886)
  • La fête de la raison (oil on canvas, 1889)
  • Pousse au large (oil on canvas, 1889)
  • Diane (oil on canvas, 1889)

See also[edit]


  • Dictionnaire des artistes, Bellier de la Chevagnerie
  • Répertoire général de Bio-Bibliographie bretonne, René Kerviler
  • Les artistes normands au salon de 1874
  • Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants exposés au Palais de Champs-Elysées, mai 1889

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