"Rising Sun in the Midst" by Albert-Gabriel Rigolot


Albert-Gabriel Rigolot (French, 1862 - 1932) was born in Paris on November 28, 1862, and died on April 25, 1932. Son of a house painter, the young Albert sometimes worked with his father after school but did not join the family business, preferring instead to paint pictures. 

He studied with Leon Pelouse from 1885-1889 and Auguste Allongé from 1889-1891. Between 1890-1893 he met various artists who were teaching and studying at the "Academie Julian" in Paris.  He befriended several American painters, including Lorus B. Pratt, Edwin Evans, John B. Fairbanks, and John Hafen, and took them out to countryside to paint. The Americans had been sent to Paris to learn how to paint "modern French murals" for Mormon temples in Utah and were deeply influenced by Rigolot. 

Rigolot's work was first exhibited at the Salon of French artists in 1886. He became a member of the Salon in 1888 and continued to exhibit there for much of his career. In 1901 he was inducted into the Society of French Orientalists and named a Knight in the Legion of Honour.

Rigolot was a master at painting riverscapes and landscapes. Sharing the philosophy of the Barbizon and Pont-Aven painters, he brought a naturalistic approach to his oeuvre, concentrating on the effects of light as it shone through trees onto riverbanks. 

He is thought to have created some 1500 artworks in his lifetime.  Many have been displayed in museums: in Paris, Rouen, Nancy, Saint-Etienne, Annecy, La Tour du Pin, Bourron Marlotte, Istanbul (Turkey), Kapurthala (India), Valparaiso (Chile) and Springville (Utah USA).

45 x 64 inches

Oil on canvas