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The Ripe Melon by Jehan George Vibert

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Vibert presents a humorous and human side to the Church in this painting entitled The Ripe Melon

Key Features

  • An outstanding gouache painting entitled The Ripe Melon by French genre artist Jehan George Vibert
  • Vibert is known best for his satirical and highly detailed cardinal paintings
  • His works found great favor during a time when trust in the clergy was waning
  • Signed "J.G. Vibert." (lower left); Gouache on paper
  • Paper: 13 7/8 high x 10 wide; Frame: 20 3/4 high x 16 5/8 wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    P:10" F:16 5/8" Inches
  • Height:
    P:13 7/8" 20 3/4" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Religious
  • Artist:
    Vibert, Jehan George
Jehan George Vibert 1840-1902 French

The Ripe Melon

Signed "J.G. Vibert." (lower left)
Gouache on paper

Heralded for his amazingly detailed and humorous paintings of satirical cardinals, Parisian artist Jehan George Vibert demonstrates both of these gifts in this humorous work entitled The Ripe Melon. Paintings of this subject matter would have certainly come with a severe legal punishment if Vibert would have executed them at an earlier period, but during this era in history, patience and trust in the clergy was waning, making such comical depictions of high members of the Church not only acceptable, but greatly desirable.

Vibert first began his career studying under his grandfather, Jazet, who was a celebrated engraver. The artist soon realized that his true calling was painting, and enlisted in the studio of artist F. J. Barrias. At 16, Vibert enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he excelled to the top of his class. He continued his studies there until the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, at the onset of which he joined the military as a member of the "sharpshooters." Vibert was wounded at Malmaison and was awarded the medal of the Légion d'Honnour for his valiant efforts during the conflict.

Vibert returned to his passion of painting, which he continued until 1899. During his extensive career, the artist proved to be somewhat of a "renaissance man," excelling in the fields of watercolor, writing, and acting. He co-founded and became president of the Sociéte des Aquarellistes Français (Society of French Watercolors), and in 1891, he wrote the book La Science de la Peinture (The Science of Painting). Vibert also found time to write numerous essays for the American publication The Century Magazine, as well as several notable plays.

He exhibited extensively at the Paris Salon throughout entire career, earning much international praise for his masterpieces. Many famous Americans commissioned works from Vibert, including John Jacob Astor and William Vanderbilt.

Paper: 13 7/8" high x 10" wide
Frame: 20 3/4" high x 16 5/8" wide

Artist's Associations:
Légion d'Honnour, Officer and Chevalier
Société des Aquarellistes Français, Co-Founder and President

Artist's Awards:
Paris Salon, 1864/1867/1868
1878 Exposition Universelle, third-class medal
Painting by William Bouguereau

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