Brive, July 14th 1850 – February 11th 1929, Biot
Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues is born in Brive, in the heart of the France countryside where the scenery and atmosphere will be fundamental for the evolution of his artistic art. All of his work will be focused on showing inside modest homes, family matters and children games. Mischievous and cheerful church boys will inspire a lot of his paintings.
Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues got his first artistic basic lessons at the Toulouse Beaux-Arts school then he went into the Paris work place of his master Isidore Pils (1813-1875), one of the artists painting the horrors of the Paris siege during the 1870 war. When Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues arrived in Paris, the city was still shaken by the French-German conflict.
When Isidore Pils died, in 1875, Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues arrives in Ecouen, living there for more than twenty years. He was part of the Ecouen Painters Colony. He stayed for some times at 29 “rue d’Ezanville” (Ezanville street) then moved to 5 “rue de l’Union” (Union street), presently “rue Aristide Briand” (Aristide Briand street).
In the same timeframe, he married with Caroline Monnet, born around 1853 in Villiers-le-Bel. They had four children.
Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues first exhibition at the Salon de Paris, in 1876 with “L’embarras du choix” (the embarrassing choice), is the first of a chain of successes. He’ll then exhibit at the Salon de Paris every year until 1906 with “Un élève peu docile” (A non docile pupil) in 1899. The same year, he’ll get an honorable mention with “La musique adoucit les moeurs” (The music softens manners). From 1901 to 1904, he is elected Secretary of the prestigious French Artists Society.
Like many of his colleagues, to secure his income, Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues is always looking after potential American customers. By chance, in 1887, one of his paintings “Les rafraichissements après le labeur” (Frechen up after the hard work) is shown in an American publication, certifying that the Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues work is of the highest quality. Janet Whitmore, concerning this painting wrote “Major quality of this artwork is in the small family group showing happiness and innocence”. Today, a large quantity of Charles Bertrand d’Entraygues paintings are in private American collections.
In 1906, he leaves Ecouen, stops by the city of Vernon (Normandy) and settles down in Biot (South-East of France), where he’ll die.
For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXe siècle” (bilingual French-English).