Painting “Young sailor”, by Alexandre Marie Colin, 1844

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What I like

I like the very romantic aspect of this painting by Alexandre Marie Colin: this young man, dreamy in front of the sea, no doubt a sailor, in any case a Breton or a Norman: you have to remember that Colin surveyed Normandy very early with Delacroix or Bonington, in the years 1820-1830. The date of execution of our work, 1844, supposes another trip to Normandy or Brittany, or else a work matured from a drawing made earlier.

I like the fact that it is a work of a great painter still unknown, but who was at the forefront of romanticism: not everyone can have a Delacroix after all!!

I like the quality of the execution, the refinement of the chromaticism, with the blue spot on the young man’s waistcoat.

I like the pensive side of the young man, who undoubtedly dreams of great travels, there are still great adventures in this middle of the 19th century!!

Technical description

Louis-Alexandre COLIN (1798-1875)

Young Breton or Norman in traditional dress, sitting on a rock, looking at the sea

Oil on canvas signed and dated 1844 lower left.

Height: 41 cm – Width: 33 cm

In a wooden frame and gilt paste of the time (small accidents and lacks)

Dimensions and weight

Painting :

Height: 41 cm – Width: 33 cm

Frame :

Height: 57 cm – Width: 49 cm

Weight: 3.5kg

Mix & Match

This painting with its refined palette is a masterpiece of the French romantic school.

As a result, like any work of art, it can blend with any type of interior.

Of course, its quality allows it to rub shoulders with furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries: it seems classic, but the finesse of execution, the quality of the hand allow it to be placed next to furniture by great cabinetmakers.

But, as its quality is great, it can suddenly give an offbeat note to a set of 20th century furniture. Of course, it can also give a refined spirit if you place other old paintings alongside it, near “Lounge Chairs” by Charles Eames, or Kroken armchairs by Ake Fribyter, or even the waxed oak lounge by Borge and Sonner: the colors in the browns of this furniture will be gently awakened by the chromaticism of our fabric.

But you can also dare to confront it with the rigor of Gae Aulenti’s white living room, or put it next to the cork veneer bar cabinet: in any case, assert your taste, it works!

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The artist

Alexandre-Marie Colin, born in Paris in 1798, died in the same city in 1875, was a French painter and lithographer. A close friend of Eugène Delacroix and Richard Parkes Bonington, he is a romantic painter, painting historical paintings, subjects inspired by Shakespeare, Byron and Victor Hugo. He was also a recognized portrait painter.

He studied in the studio of Anne-Louis Girodet at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, from 1814 to 1817, while Delacroix was in the studio of Pierre-Narcisse Guérin.

He exhibited a portrait of a woman at the Salon of 1819 and exhibited there until 1868, obtaining a second class medal in 1824 and 1821 and a first class medal in 1840.

In 1821, he traveled to Normandy with his friend and fellow student, Bonington. In 1825, the two friends made a stay in London, meeting Isabey, Fielding and Delacroix there.

Colin exhibited three works at the Royal Academy in 1829, then from 1849 to 1853. He also exhibited at the British Institution.

Like his classmates, he exhibited for the benefit of the Greeks in two important exhibitions at Lebrun in 1826: The Giaour, inspired by Byron, Episode of the current war in Greece and The Greek Child.

He was appointed director of the drawing school of Nîmes from 1834 to 1838, then master of drawing at the Ecole polytechnique in 1849. He produced numerous portraits for the latter: Monge, Carnot, Lagrange, Berthollet among others, without forgetting Napoleon I and Napoleon III.

Interestingly, he depicted many full-length actors in the costumes of their role.

In 1851, he produced two paintings for the Saint Roch church.

He is represented at the Louvre Museum, the Delacroix Museum, Carnavalet, Matignon and in many museums in France, but also abroad.

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Weight 3,5 kg
Dimensions 49 × 57 cm


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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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