JOSEPH FRANCOIS VILLEVIEILLE (1829 – 1916)
“Fishing from a Stream”
Oil Painting on Panel. 4 78/” x 7 7/8” (125mm x 200mm)
Overall framed size 14 5/8” x 17 5/8” (372mm x 447mm)
Signed. Indistinctly inscribed on reverse
Dated 1878 on reverse
Joseph Francois Villevieille was born in Aix-en-Provence, France on 6th August 1829. He studied under Francois Marius Granet at Aix Art School and then in 1851 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1872 he was commissioned to produce a number of paintings for the Town Hall in Aix-en-Provence some of which were portraits of prominent local artists, including Francois Marius Granet and Jean-Baptise van Loo, and the local historian Scholastique Pitton. He also painted, in 1900, a portrait of the founder of Aix-en-Provence, Sextius Calvinus. After returning to Aix-en-Provence he became Professor of Drawing there. His painting “La Martyre de Saint Leger” was exhibited at the Salon in 1864. He worked extensively for the Sulpician Monks. Joseph Villevieille died on 11th February 1916 and was buried at the Saint-Pierre Cemetery in Aix-en-Provence and the “Avenue Joseph Villevieille” in Aix-en-Provence was named after him.