Charles-Joseph Beauverie
(1839 - 1923)

Charles-Joseph Beauverie is especially noteworthy among the successful landscapists of late nineteenth century France for the complexity of the real figural subject that he wove into his scenes of the Loire Valley and the Oise region north of Paris.  Although his riverbank landscapes often recall the subject matter of Daubigny and his followers, Beauverie favored a brighter palette and a more delicate painting style, and he forged a distinctly personal path among the competing schools of landscape painting.  His skill as a draughtsman also led Beauverie to printmaking and he produced several sets of landscape engravings, featuring his own compositions and those of contemporaries such as Japy and Chintreuil, as well as earlier masters such as Milet and Corot.

Charles-Josephy Beauverie was born September 17, 1893 in Lyon and studied from 1955-1859 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, one of the best provincial art schools in France.  During the early 1860s, Beauverie studied in the studio of Gleyre, and uncommon teacher whose personal style was decidedly academic, but who encouraged the more naturalistic interests of his students.  During Beauverie's two years in Gleyre's studio, his fellow students included Money, Renoir, Bazille, and Sisley, the core of the Impressionist group.

Beauverie began exhibiting portraits and landscapes while still in Lyon.  He exhibited at the Paris Salon for the first time in 1864, and continued to exhibit regularly throughout his career.  He received the first class medal at the salon in 1881, one of the few landscape artists to achieve such honors, and was later named to the Legion of Honor.

Beauverie debuted at the Salon with landscapes of his native southern region, Lyon, but during the 1870s, he worked largely along the misty rivers north of Paris.  Probably attracted by the strong group of progressive landscapists already settled around Pontoise and Auvers, his paintings are often associated with the "School of Pontoise."  In the late 1880s, he returned to the upper Loire region, establishing a home in Poncins.  The sun-filled landscapes of Poncins and Forex predominate his late work.