01 Marine Painting – Jules Achille Noel’s Before the gale at Le Tréport, with Footnotes, #335

Jules Achille Noel (French, 1815-1881)
Avant le coup de vent au Tréport/ Before the gale at Le Tréport, c. 1868

Oil on canvas
26 x 37cm (10 1/4 x 14 9/16in)
Private collection

Le Tréport is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in north-eastern France.

A small fishing port and light industrial town situated in the Pays de Caux, some 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Dieppe. The mouth of the Bresle river meets the English Channel here, in between the high chalk cliffs and the pebbly beach. More on Le Tréport 

Jules Achille Noël, born Louis Assez Noël (24 February 1815, Quimper – 26 March 1881, Algiers) was a French landscape and maritime painter who worked primarily in Brittany and Normandy.His family originally came from Lorraine. Some sources say that he was born there in 1810. He studied at the “Académie de Peinture et de Dessin” (Académie Charioux) in Brest. Afterwards, he went to Paris to seek his fortune and came under the influence of his fellow Breton painter Pierre-Julien Gilbert. After four years of struggling to earn his living, he returned to Brittany to teach drawing in Saint-Pol-de-Léon, Lorient and Nantes.

He had begun to participate in the Salon in 1840 and, in 1845, was one of several artists commissioned to provide engraved illustrations for a book on prisons. Eventually, his work attracted the attention of Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours, who obtained him a position as a Professor of Design at the Lycée Henri-IV, where he would teach from 1847 until his retirement in 1879. Albert Lynch and Félix Buhot were among his best-known students there.

During school vacations he would return to paint in Brittany. He was in ill-health at the time of his retirement, so he went to live with his daughter and her husband in Algeria and died there. More on Jules Achille Noël

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