PIERRE EUGÈNE MONTEZIN
The son of a lace designer, Pierre-Eugne Montzin was apprenticed to decorative atelier at a young age to learn the art of executing murals. In 1903 he met the French Impressionist Ernest Quost who encouraged Montzin to concentrate on drawing and painting en plein air and to study the theories of Impressionism.Throughout his career, Montzin maintained an Impressionist style, using loose, broad brushstrokes of pure colour to build up his compositions. Montzin painted figures in many of his landscapes, either working the land or at leisure, providing animation and focus to his landscapes.Montzin first exhibited at at the Salon des Artistes Franais in 1903, and was subsequently awarded numerous accolades. In 1932 he was awarded the medal of honor, the first landscape painter given this prestigious award in thirty years, and the following year he was elected the president of the Salon Jury.