ALEXANDRE LOUIS JACOB
“My father, Herbert Fuller, found Alexandre-Louis Jacob exhibiting at the Paris Salon in the late 1940s and our gallery continues to acquire the best examples of his work to this very day. During this extended period of time we have been fortunate enough to acquire at least seventeen of his largest canvases, mainly still in their original reverse hand-carved French frames, and most of which won him major awards at the Paris Salon. He was a very small man in stature. He had a very calm and collected life and everything was organised and I think you can see that in his paintings as well…. He gives me a restful feel every time I look at any of his pictures. I feel the secret of Jacob’s success was simply finding a subject matter and depicting it in delicate tones and hues, which have continued to exert universal appeal ever since. Whether it is the old man punting across the water, or the cart horses pulling the log cart, his refined colouring always focuses one’s eye on the central subject. Jacob’s death in 1972 aged ninety-six was a great loss to French artistic circles, but his work lives on through his ethereal landscapes.” - Anthony Fuller, 2018
Alexandre Jacobs tranquil and subtle landscapes show a masterful evocation of light, atmosphere and colour, transporting the viewer into the peaceful countryside of rural France. He gained an understanding and love for nature through studied inspection, transferring his unique observations skilfully onto canvas. Making his name in the French Salons of the 1920s and 30s, his immense talent was immediately recognised by his peers and then by the establishment.