Charles Euphrasie Kuwasseg

French, (1838-1904)
A Normandy Port
Oil on canvas, signed & dated 1875

A wonderful seascape painting of a port in Normandy by Charles Euphrasie Kuwasseg. The scene shows large ships anchored in the busy harbour as small rowing boats head to shore. Behind them, the dramatic backdrop of the Alabaster Coast with darkening skies above.

Charles Kuwasseg was born at Draveil, Paris in 1838 the son of the Austrian artist Karl (Charles) Joseph Kuwasseg (1802- 1877) and Marie Victoire Lebrun. His uncles Joseph Kuwasseg (1799-1859) and Leopod Kuwasseg (1804-1862) were also artists. His father undoubtedly played an influential role in his artistic development, as like him, he specialised in coastal and marine scenes. He often signed his works ‘C.Kuwasseg fils’ (son), to distinguish himself from his father who was also known as Charles. In 1855, he made his debut at the Paris Salon continuing to regularly exhibit there over the years and winning a bronze medal in 1892. During the early 1860’s he lived at 8 Rue de Strasbourg in Paris.

Kuwasseg specialised in coastal views particularly of the Normandy and Brittany coast. As well as painting views of Northern France, he also spent time travelling around visiting Belgium, Holland and Italy. After returning to France, he continued his artistic studies training under the marine artist Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager (1814-1879) and Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855).

As well as continuing to paint and exhibit, he also became a professor of art to students including Marie Joseph Clavel Iwill (1850-1923). He died on 28 October, 1904 at Essonne, France aged 71. A number of his works can be found in museums and collections including the Pontoise, Rouen, Perigueux, Digne, La Rochelle and Montreal Museum.

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Presentation The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition. The reverse bears an old handwritten label which was most likely from an exhibition.
Condition As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.
Image Size 21.5 inches x 38.75 inches (54.5cm x 98.5cm)
Framed Size 30.25 inches x 47.5 inches (77cm x 120.5cm)