Charles Edouard Delort (1841 - 1895)
Charles Edouard Delort
(1841 - 1895)
The Welcome Visitor
Oil on canvas
24 x 40 inches
Signed & dated '75
Anon. (American Art Association, New York, "Catalogue of modern paintings, statuary, bronzes, and other artistic property collected by the late Henry Hilton” February 13th & 14th, 1900, Lot 61)
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
Catalogue of modern paintings, statuary, bronzes,
and other artistic property collected by the late Henry Hilton” New-York 1900
61 — Arrival of the Cardinal
The courtyard of a Spanish inn. The Cardinal, ac-
companied by gentlemen, almoners, and servants, is
coming forward toward the stone stairway at the right,
and the host, holding his saucepan and white cap be-
hind his back, bows low in obsequious greeting. The
red robes of the Cardinal form the central note in the
color scheme, with which are effectively contrasted the
greens, blues, browns, and purples of the costumes of
the cavaliers and the trappings of the sumpter-mules.
A remarkable piece of historical genre by a celebrated
Signed at the right.
Height, 24 inches ; length, 30 inches (incorrect size)
Charles Delort was born in Nimes, France, on February 4, 1841 and spent the early part of his life in the area around Bordeaux. At the age of 12 he entered the naval Academy, but the strict training was not to his liking and he soon left.
He met M. Duhousset, the Professor of Design at the college of Lorient, in Brittany and studied with him for a short time. It soon became clear to Charles that Duhousset’s mission was to prepare and persuade him to enter military school (l’Ecole de etat-major). He left his studies in Brittany and headed for Paris.
Delort arrived in Paris in 1859 and thanks to the recommendation of Gérôme (a family friend), he entered the studio of Gleyre where he made rapid progress. It was during his training with Gleyre that George Pradel noted in Les Aquarellists, Paris 1883, where Delort acquired … those warm, refined, yet vigorous octaves of color which we are to find at a later period in all his work.
In 1862 Gérôme sailed for Egypt and Delort, seeing the opportunity for a close relationship with the master, accompanied him. With Gérôme as his mentor and guide, Delort was able to complete an important series of studies during the journey and upon returning to Paris, he entered the competition for the Prix de Rome.
Delort spent the next few years in his retreat at Marlotte, where he studied and worked on his technique. In 1866 he was ready to exhibit and made his debut at the Paris Salon with his work – Daphnis and Chloe. The work was a great success and as he continued to exhibit his popularity rose … collectors and dealers soon learned the way to his studio in Marlotte.
In 1875 he exhibited his most celebrated work – The Embarcation of Manon Lescaut for Louisiana – which won him a medal. It was from this point that he seems to have devoted his career to scenes of the 18th century.