Francois Adolphe Grison
Taking a Rest
Oil on canvas, signed
François Adolphe Grison was born in Bordeaux in 1845. He studied under Justin Lequien (1826-1882) in Paris and initially worked as a decorator at the Sèvres porcelain factory. He then moved to Geneva, Switzerland at the age of 23. He and began exhibiting at the Paris Salon from 1873 and the Société des Artistes Français where he became a member in 1883. He gained a number of prizes including an honourable mention in 1885 and a third class medal in 1890. He spent the rest of his life in Geneva producing works from his studio until his death in 1914. His adopted city later named a street after him (Avenue François-Adolphe-Grison).
Grison specialised in humorous genre scenes often featuring interesting figures from different elements of society. An example of his work can be found in the Strasbourg Museum. A photograph of the artist by Émile Schweitzer of Strasbourg is held by the Met Museum, New York.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.