1852 - 1942
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Born 19 March 1852, in Thann (Alsace); died 1942, in Villiers-sous-Grez.
Painter. Genre scenes, interiors, landscapes.
Riéder came from a traditionally French family from Alsace. He studied under Alexandre Cabanel at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, becoming a member in 1894. He was awarded a third-class medal at the Salon in 1898 and a second-class medal in 1899, and a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. He was a friend of the painter Victor Tardieu, father of the poet Jean Tardieu. He ended his life at the family home in Villiers and is buried there in the woodland cemetery.
Just a few of Riéder’s paintings are of historical subjects, for example: Dante Weeping at the Death of Beatrice. He also occasionally painted landscapes as part of the background to some of his everyday scenes, such as Dining on the Terrace, and Young Girl Feeding Grain to the Chickens. He was less inclined to paint outdoor scenes than his friend Victor Tardieu, who used to paint his family in the sunny garden, preferring the reserved intimacy of Vuillard and Bonnard, devoting almost all, and certainly the most touching, of his works to interior scenes dominated by the presence of women. They are only rarely intimate, as in Young Woman Taking a Bath, but are mostly serene, with young women absorbed in their sewing or embroidery, arranging flowers in a vase, or drinking tea by lamplight in the evening. Riéder’s style is Intimist and his paintings successfully convey the melancholy dreaming of the young woman alone at home during the day, or the nostalgia inspired by winter evenings spent by the hearth.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Mulhouse: Dante Weeping for Beatrice; Envoy from Nice