Jean-Alphonse Roehan


(Two Women Disturbed by a Cat) by Jean-Alphonse Roehn, 19th century.)

I stumbled upon this one while avoiding my current doodle. Reading up on Roehan, I’m surprised to say I can’t find much on him. This is frustrating mainly because looking at more of his his Daily Life themed paintings, the lighting and composition of his work is truly incredible and probably the most natural looking I’ve ever seen.

Roehn was born in France in 1799 to the already known painter Adolphe Roehn. For a time, his father shared a house with the landscape artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He began attending the National School of Fine Arts at the age of fourteen and studied with Regnault and Baron Gros. Initially, Roehn the Younger pursued more religiously themed paintings, however by 1827, he had shifted to gentler themes of everyday life and the occasional historical piece.


(Roehan the Painter and his Model)

Roehn went on to display his work on and off at The Salon in Paris until his death in 1864. His paintings exhibit gorgeous use of light as stated before, but there’s a certain spaciousness about his scenes that help capture the realism. The viewer feels more often as though they’ve interrupted a moment rather than observed it from their respectful distance behind the gallery line.


(Artist painting herself, Roehn, 19th century)


(A judgement in Paris, Roehn, 1857)

“Jean-Alphonse Roehn.” The Matthiesen Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2017.

Tinterow, Gary. “Corot” Google books, Metropolitan Museum of Art 1996

Miller, N., Miller, N. and profile, V. (2017). Artist Painting Herself.

Starr, R., Haff, E. and Lamuniere, M. (2017). Jean Alphonse Roehn (French, 1799-1864) A Modern Judgment of Paris | Sale Number 2779B, Lot Number 339 | Skinner Auctioneers.



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