11 Classic Works of Art by the Old Masters, Marine Paintings – With Footnotes, #21

Henry Bacon
La Bretagne

Oil on board
10 1/2 x 13 3/4in (26.8 x 35cm)
Private Collection

SS La Bretagne was an ocean liner that sailed for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT) from her launch in 1886 to 1912, sailing primarily in transatlantic service on the North Atlantic. Sold to Compagnie de Navigation Sud-Atlantique in 1912, she sailed for that company under her original name and, later, as SS Alesia on France–South America routes. The liner was sold for scrapping in the Netherlands in December 1923, but was lost while being towed. More on La Bretagne

Henry Bacon (1839 in Haverhill, Massachusetts — 13 March 1912 in Cairo) was an American painter and author. Hewas born in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1839. During the American Civil War, he and acted as a field artist for Frank Leslie’s Weekly while he served as a soldier within the 13th Massachusetts Infantry. Badly wounded at Bull Run, he was discharged on 19 December 1862.

After the war, he studied art with Walter Gay, who suggested that he travel to Paris to undertake a formal art education. In 1864, he went to Paris. He was admitted to the National School of Fine Arts and was one of Alexandre Cabanel’s scholars…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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