The non profit association “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXe siècle” (The Ecouen School, a colony of painters in the 19th century) was founded in 2014. It is officially located at the Ecouen City Hall, Place de la Mairie, 95400 Ecouen, France.
This Association’s inception followed the publishing of a book with the same name, written after several years of research, by A. Bertrand, D. Baduel, and C. Dauchel.
The major goal of the Association is to facilitate researches concerning these forgotten artists. It is also to promote their work locally, nationally and internationally. This is done through conferences, press articles, exhibitions, etc.
The first important action of the Association was the exhibition in Ecouen from March 29th to April 23rd 2017. It has been a great success, attracting more than 1,500 visitors. Thanks to private collectors who are lending some of their art pieces, The Association will be able to illustrate the reputation of this “genre painting” school that was so famous and appreciated during the second part of the 19th century. At that time, the School attracted a large number of artists from various nationalities: French, Americans, English, Russians, etc.
A second exhibitions took place in Gonesse (Val d’Oise county) from January 17th to February 14th 2019, the theme being children in the countryside.
The book has been reworked and updated in a bilingual French and English version.
The efforts of the passionate members of the Association focus on the rediscovery of the richness of these art pieces. While some of these art pieces are already featured in the most prestigious museums, others have yet to be uncovered.
We ask all the art lovers to share their discoveries regarding the Ecouen painters with ours.
We invite everyone showing interest for the painters to join the Association.