Charles Zacharie Landelle (1812-1908)

Charles Landelle is a French painter, who finds a place on these pages, largely fixated on Victorian art, because much of his work - beautiful girls with black hair and big dark eyes, semi draped, lounging or being allegorical - has an affinity to that being produced in Britain at the time.

Landelle was born in Zaval (Mayenne), France, but in 1825 the family moved to Paris where in due course he studied under Delaroche at the Ecole des Beaux Arts from 1837. He produced portraits, historic and Orientalist works exhibited at the Salon from 1841, and also was commissioned to decorate various churches in Paris, e.g. Eglise St Sulfice. He travelled to Italy several times, and also to Spain, North Africa and Egypt, and this lead to many works with titles such as 'A Moorish girl', Harem Musician, and so forth.

Landelle visited England in 1849, and his work was known and collected. A good Siren and a Judith are in Bournemouth, and An Armenian Woman is in the Wallace Collection, where it may be compared with contemporary French work.

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