Guillaumet, Gustave

BORN 26 Mar 1840, Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine - DIED 14 Mar 1887, Paris, 9e
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21)

Gustave Guillaumet studied under François-Edouard Picot and Félix-Joseph Barrias before he entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1857. There Alexandre Abel de Pujol was his teacher. He failed to win the Prix de Rome in 1861 but instead of Rome he travelled to Algeria. He was impressed by light, nature and by the people and would visit Algeria ten times between 1861 and 1867. He portrayed life in the desert ad he successfully exhibited at the Salon of 1869.

Between 1879 and 1884 his tableaux of Algerian scenes were published in La Nouvelle Revue. He died in Paris in 1887 before they were published in book form in 1888. It was rumoured that he had left his wife and son for an older mistress and that he had shot himself after he had argued with her. He was buried at the Montmartre cemetery in Paris. The statue on his tomb is " La Fileuse de Bou Saâda" by Louis-Ernest Barrias.


The grave of Gustave Guillaumet at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


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Guimet, Émile Étienne

Published: 13 Oct 2019
Last update: 19 Apr 2022