Antoine Bouvard Senior, also known as Marc Aldine was born at St. Jean-de-Bournay in L'Isere in 1870. He trained as an architect and studied art and architecture under Constant-Dufeus, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He became the Director of Architectural Services for the Seine, and was responsible for the construction of the Bourse du Travail and the Boulevard Morland in Paris.His paintings show the influence of Felix Ziem, reflecting his love of Venice in the delicacy and fluidity of his use of colour, capturing in his paintings, the warmth and beauty that he found there. Known as a painter of Venetian subjects, he worked during the early part of the 20th century, becoming one of the most prolific painters of Venetian genre from this period. Bouvard's works are broad and confidently painted, capturing all the atmosphere and charm of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He exhibited throughout France and Italy as well as in many provincial European galleries during his own lifetime. His popularity has continued to the present day, placing him amongst the most recognized and respected painters of Venetian subjects.Bouvard is known to have painted both under his own name and the pseudonym, Marc Aldine.
Perhaps the most popular and prolific twentieth century painter of Venetian views, little is known of Antoine Bouvard Snr. â€¨â€¨Based in Paris, Bouvard frequented Venice during the 1920's and 1930's returning to Paris to sell his work. A recluse he had little contact with the public, selling his views through art dealers in, primarily, London and Paris. He painted exclusively Venetian views, having clearly identified a market in which he was to achieve considerable commercial success. â€¨â€¨Bouvard also worked under the pseudonym of Marc Aldine, allowing him further success through alternative markets for his work. Venice had always been a popular venue for visitors on the Grand Tour throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth century and with the development of the European rail network in the latter part of the nineteenth century, Venice attracted visitors in even greater numbers. This trend was to continue throughout the twentieth century, extending the market for Bouvard's work. Antoine Bouvard's son, Noel Bouvard (1912-1975) was also a painter but in a weak imitative style of his father.
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