01 Work, Marine Art, Georges Chavignaud’s Figures in a harbour, With Footnotes, #307

Georges Chavignaud, (1865–1944)
Figures in a harbour

Oil on canvas
45 x 50 cm.
Private collection

Georges Chavignaud, (1865–1944), was primarily a painter of landscapes in watercolor. He was born in Brittany, France in 1865 and studied in Paris. He came to Toronto, Ontario, in 1884, worked as art director for a publishing firm, and married a Canadian. From 1903–04 they travelled and painted, in Europe. George studied under leading artists in Belgium and was elected a member of the Society of Water Colour Painters in Belgium. In 1904 he returned to Canada settling in Meadowvale (1904) and Etobicoke (1910). Kleinberg (1918), Meadowvale (1929), and became a founding member of the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto and a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. He was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 1900, but resigned in protest over the work of the Group of Seven. From 1902–1918 he exhibited regularly at the Royal Canadian Academy. From1912–1916, he was principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax. He continued to travel in Belgium, France and the Netherlands where he found renewed inspiration. He painted Canadian landscapes in the Maritimes, the Ile d’Orléans in Quebec, and in Ontario. He died at Meadowvale, north of Mississauga, in 1944. More on Georges Chavignaud

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