Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret


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Status, price and estimate of the artist Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret

Price of a painting: 1,500 – 400,000 €.

Price of a drawing and watercolour: 300 – 20,000 €.

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Academic training

Pascal Dagnan Bouveret was a French painter, engraver and illustrator born in Paris in 1852 and died in Quincey in 1929.

Admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1869, he continued his apprenticeship in the studio of Alexandre Cabanel, then in that of Jean-Léon Gérôme.

It was at this time that he became friends with Jules Bastien-Lepage, a naturalist painter who encouraged him to change his artistic style.

A successful career

Indeed, after having been ranked second in the Prix de Rome in 1876, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret very quickly showed his independence from his masters and broke away from the academic influence – which was very much in vogue at the time – by preferring to paint naturalistic vernacular scenes.

This choice was approved by the critics of the time, as numerous awards followed, attesting to the artist’s reputation. Thus, the Salon awarded him a third place medal in 1878, a first class medal in 1880 and a medal of honour in 1889. He also received the Grand Prix at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889 and became an officer of the Legion of Honour and a member of the Institute of France in 1900.

Painting real life

The success of Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret’s work is due to his ability to reproduce exact reality. To do this, the artist makes extensive use of photography to capture models or landscapes, which he then draws on extensively in his paintings. Horses drinking, a work dated 1884 and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Chambéry, is a perfect example.

Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret was considered one of the most popular Parisian portrait painters of his time and painted works such as La Bouderie (Gustave Courtois in his studio) in 1880. This last work, also a naturalist, displays the humorous touch characteristic of the artist’s work and was sold at Christie’s (New York, 24 October 2007) for 142,247 euros.

Other later more lyrical works, such as Ophelia, which sold for 36,255 euros (Christie’s, 22 October 2008), attest to the diversity of which our artist is capable, and are also appreciated by the art market.

Leaving behind him a particularly prolific body of work, today appreciated as much for his paintings as for his photographs, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret died in 1929 at the age of 77.

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