1817 - 1890
Owl at Dusk

Oil on canvas, signed and dated ‘1845’ bottom right
Image size: 13 x 8 1/2 inches (33 x 22 cm)

 

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Louis Joseph Rossy

Rossy began his training as a student of Jacques-François Momal and Julien Potier at the École supérieure d’art et de design de Valenciennes . He then continued his training as a decorator in Paris in the association of Charles Séchan , Léon Feuchère , Édouard Desplechin , Jules Dieterle where he mainly practiced oil painting on canvas. He was also a pupil of the architect Henri Labrouste and Abel de Pujol

He began his career in the studio of the Marquis de Montaigu where the clients were aristocratic families from the Faubourg Saint-Germain . This adventure ends with the revolution of 1848.

Back in Valenciennes, he worked with Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Bruno Chérier. He then moved to Condé-sur-l’Escaut , where he gave drawing lessons at the college.

His wife is wealthy, he then ceases his activities as an architect, but continues the decoration and the watercolours as a dabbler. In his watercolours, animals almost always take centre stage. He sometimes makes them play a human role. These will be his most famous works. Some, reproduced in chromolithography, will go around the world.

In 1854, he founded a drawing school in Condé-sur-l’Escaut. The courses he provides are free and reserved for the working class, which earned him the title of Officer of the Order of Academic Palms. Louis Rossy and his wife then lived in the Château des Douaniers, his wife’s family property.

Louis Rossy also writes poetry. In 1886, he paid homage to Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Antoine Watteau in his Chansons Valenciennoises : “I saw, at night, the Great Watteau with his friend Carpeaux”