Cockle pickers on the beach at sunset
by Marie Francois Firmin-Girard


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  • Country of origin: France

  • Medium: Oil on panel

  • Signed: Signed lower left

  • Dated: c. 1885

  • Condition: Very good original condition

  • Size: 10.50" x 14.00" (26.7cm x 35.6cm)

  • Framed Size: 17.50" x 21.00" (44.5cm x 53.3cm)

  • Provenance: Private french collection

Artwork Biography

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As a very young man in 1854, Firmin Girard entered the studios of Charles Gleyre and Jean Léon at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He won the second Prix de Rome in 1861 and set up a studio in the Boulevard de Clichy. With equal facility he painted history pictures, genre scenes, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes, and his flower paintings gained him a high reputation. Among his many works are: St Sebastian; After the Ball; Death of the Princess de Lamballe; Woman Selling Flowers; Dreaming; The Fiancés; 18th-Century Wedding; 18th-Century Baptism; On the Terrace in Onival; Fishing; Château de Gatelier, Autumn; Flower Quay; Shepherd from Onival.

He exhibited from 1859 at the Salon de Paris and later at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he won a third-class medal in 1863 and a second-class medal in 1874; he was also awarded a bronze medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Avignon (Mus. Calvet): Paul Vayson
Bourges: A Marriage in Extremis
Helsinki: Paris Street
Mayenne: Evening by the Sea