Artist biography

Armand Charnay 1844-1916

French painter and etcher of landscapes, usually with one or more subsidiary and semi-anecdotal figures; his favourite theme, the melancholy of the parks of old château. Born in Charlieu (Loire). Went to Paris c.1865; made a brief stay in the studios of Feyen-Perrin and Pils; but was mainly self-taught, working independently from nature and copying paintings by Claude, Poussin and Daubigny. Encouraged by Baudry. Exhibited most years 1865-97 at the official Salon, quickly gaining a modest success. From 1875 spent increasing time in the Forest of Fontainebleau, especially at Marlotte, where he eventually settled. Obliged by failing sight to give up painting soon after 1900. Died at Marlotte.

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, pp.117-18