Francois Etienne Musin (1820-1888)- “La plage de la Panne”


François-Etienne Musin (4 October 1820, Ostend – 24 October 1888, Sint-Joost-ten-Node).

Oil on canvas – cm. 67×124 (91×149 with frame)

In 1831, he received his first lessons from Michel Van Cuyck [nl] and François-Antoine Bossuet. He later attended the local Beaux Arts Academy and graduated after winning a gold medal in 1835.

He continued his studies at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, where he studied under François-Joseph Navez.  In 1839, he was drafted in the Army, but his father paid for a replacement (a common practice at the time). In 1840, he began to exhibit and moved to Brussels permanently in 1842, completing his studies the following year. His career was substantially advanced when King Leopold I bought two of his paintings in 1845.

Ever since Kaiser Wilhelm I ordered eight seascapes in 1853, royal customers had been a major source of his income. In 1865, two paintings were bought by the royal family of Württemberg and, in 1873, two were acquired by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar. In 1869, the Museo del Prado bought his painting "The Cannon Shot - Signal for the Revolt of Cadíz", and he was awarded the Order of Charles III.

In 1885, a whale carcass washed ashore at Ostend and became quite a sensation. Musin painted a pochade of the scene, which was also captured by Willy Finch and James Ensor.

This painting is very beautiful. Perfectly restored and there is an autenticity declaration on the back by Auguste Musin, son of Francois.

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