A pupil of Drolling, Chaplin began his career by painting portraits and landscapes. His first works were marked by a powerful and strong nature guided by a great preoccupation with realism. However, he soon modified his work to the gracious kind that has made his reputation. His drawings have tired forces and flexibility while the colour is delicate and quite brilliant.
His quality achieved from abroad prevented him from obtaining the “Prix de Rome”. However, the jury decreed to him a Third Class medal in 1851, a Second Class medal the following year and a First Class medal in 1865.
Chaplin became Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1879 and Officer in 1881.
Independently, Chaplin carried out various decoration projects, in particular the ceiling and the tops of the gates at the Show of Flowers, with Tileries and also a large panel “A Dream” for Prince Demidoff.
Museums that hold paintings by Charles Chaplin are: Bayeux, Boyonne, Bordeaux, London (South Kensington), Mulhouse, Reims, Rouen and Saintes
Works by this artist…
Portrait of an Unknown Beauty( ref : 7227 )