Flight into Egypt, painting by Eugène Girardet, date unknown
Eugène Alexis Girardet|
31 May 1853
5 May 1907|
|Residence||France; Villa Abd-el-Tif, Algiers|
|Education||École des Beaux-arts, Paris; Studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme|
He came from a Swiss Huguenot family. His father was the engraver Paul Girardet (1821-1893). He studied at the École des Beaux-arts and in the studios of Jean-Léon Gérôme, who encouraged him to visit North Africa in 1874.
In all, he made eight trips to Algeria after 1879 (some with his brothers Jules and Léon), especially to the south, around the oases of Biskra, El Kantara and Bou Saâda, where he worked with Étienne Dinet. In 1898, he visited Egypt and Palestine, producing many works depicting the lives of desert nomads.
He exhibited regularly at the Salon and with the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français (of which he was one of the founding members), with major shows at the Exposition Universelle (1900) and the Exposition Coloniale de Marseille of 1906.
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- René Burnand, L'étonnante histoire des Girardet : artistes suisses (The Amazing Story of the Girardets...), La Baconnière, Neuchâtel, 1940, 299 p.
- Lynne Thornton, The Orientalists: Painter-Travellers (1828-1908), ACR Édition, Courbevoie (Paris), 1983, pgs.108-109 ISBN 2-86770-083-3
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