Portrait of a Young Girl in Sailor Dress by Léon-François Comerre
Léon-François Comerre (French, 1850 - 1916) studied with August Colas in Lille, and Alexandre Cabanet at l'École des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1875, which led to a scholarship at the Villa de Medicis, Academie France in Rome.
He won prizes at the Paris Salons in 1875, 1881, and at the l'Exposition Universalle d'Anvers in 1885. He also won prizes at exhibitions in Philadelphia in 1876 at the Centennial Exhibition; Melbourne in 1881; and Sydney in 1897. He exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français. He was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1903.
Comerre painted decorative works for many public spaces in Paris such as the Theatre d'Odeon, l'Hotel Dufayel, and the Sorbonne. He also did paintings for public buildings in Lyon, and Saumur.
Comerre is represented in many museums, including Musee du Petit Palais, and Musee du Luxemburg in Paris, and museums in Avignon, Béziers, Lille, Strasbourg and Troyes. His works are in museums in Algeria, the United States, and Romania.