Charles GUILLOUX (Paris, 1866 - Lormes, 1946)
Self-taught as an artist, Charles Victor Guilloux worked briefly at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris before devoting himself to his chosen profession. He first exhibited his landscape paintings at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Indépendants in 1892, when all eight of his works were sold, and. was soon associated with the Symbolist movement, taking part in the exhibitions of Peintres Impressionistes et Symbolistes at the Galerie Le Barc de Boutteville, alongside Paul Gauguin and the Nabis artists. (At the 1892 Le Barc de Boutteville exhibition, one reviewer praised Guilloux’s work as ‘A magnificent series of landscapes sent in by an unknown who is a master’.) The artist painted mainly views of Paris and its surroundings, as well as the landscapes along the banks of the Seine and in Brittany, often depicted at twilight and with misty, atmospheric effects. Although Guilloux made studies sur le motif, he preferred to worked on his visionary landscapes in his studio, leading the noted critic Claude Roger-Marx to describe him as ‘an artist who is more concerned with poetry than exact reality.’ Like the Nabis painters, Guilloux’s work also evokes an interest in Japonisme and synthetism. In later years Guilloux exhibited at the Salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Salon des Indépendants. He also produced a number of colour lithographs. Works by Guilloux are in today the collection of the Musée d’Osay in Paris, as well as in the museums of Beauvais, Meudon, Moulins and elsewhere.