The building, which was an answer to Emperor Napoléon’s III (1808-18773) sanitary demands and reforms, fascinated the first photographers.
At each of the 1878, 1879, 1880 and 1881 Salons, Gilbert exhibited at least one painting depicting the Halles of Paris. Gilbert’s composition depicting the fish pavilion, which was at the time in the north of the market, at the intersection of Lescot and Rambuteau streets, was awarded a medal in the 1880 Salon. More on this painting
Victor Gabriel Gilbert born in Paris the 13 February 1847 and died in the 21 July 1933. He was a French painter. He is buried in Montmartre cemetery in Paris. In 1860 he apprenticed to a painter and decorator. He followed with evening art classes under the direction of Father Levasseur, the School of the City of Paris. In the late 1870s, his taste for naturalism is developed and he turned to genre painting with scenes of streets, cafes, markets, especially that of Halles . He obtained a second class medal at the Salon of 1880 and a silver medal at the 1889 World Fair . It becomes a member of the French Society of Artists in 1914.
Victor Gilbert was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1897, and received the Prix Léon Bonnat in 1926. More on Victor Gabriel Gilbert
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