Victor-Ferdinand BOURGEOIS

(1870-1957)

was born in Amiens. He first studied at the École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de la Somme and at the Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

An admirer of Jules Breton, Bourgeois was also interested in the world of the sea. He visited Étaples several times, where the port’s hustle and bustle offered him lively subjects. His research into light found new expression in the technique of pastel. He first experimented with this new medium during a trip to Switzerland in the autumn of 1908 where he produced a radiant series of pastels. Renown painter Armand Guillaumin invited Bourgeois to join him in southern France in the spring of 1911. Together they explored the French Riviera. A solitary personality but a talent fully acknowledged by critics and cherished by art lovers, Victor-Ferdinand Bourgeois died at Dieulefit on 6 October 1957.