Artist biography

Antoine Vollon 1833-1900

French painter of still life, landscapes and figures. Born at Lyons, son of an ornamental craftsman. Apprenticed to an engraver on metal, but also began to paint, self-taught. Studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Lyons, 1850-3, under the engraver Vibert, then worked as a decorator of enamelled pans and stoves. Moved to Paris in 1859 with the intention of becoming a painter. Met Ribot, and began by painting still life under his influence and that of the Dutch 17th century still-life painters; later also became a friend of Alexandre Dumas, Carpeaux, Daumier and Daubigny. Exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1864. Best-known for his still lifes, but also painted a number of landscapes at Marseilles, Le Tréport and elsewhere. Member of the Institut in 1897 and awarded a Grand Prix at the 1900 Paris International Exhibition. Died in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.754