Victor de Grailly

Victor de Grailly (French, 1804-1889). A French landscape painter, Victor De Grailly painted many
American scenes, most of them from engravings he saw of William Henry Bartlett in the book "American
Scenery," London, 1840. It is asserted by some scholars that he came to this country from 1840 to 1870.

He was a pupil of the neo-classical landscape painter Victor Bertin, whose teaching influenced de Grailly's
style throughout his career, although a more romantic feeling can be seen in his later works. He was also
profoundly influenced by a juvenile trip to the United States and a journey up the Hudson River, painting
scenes of the Hudson based on Bartlett prints. . He first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1833 and continued
to exhibit, but with less frequency, until 1880. Almost always exhibiting landscape views in the Île de France
he was only moderately responsive to the Barbizon painters, preferring to paint in the idealised landscape
format he learnt with Bertin.

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