Victor-Gabriel Gilbert

French, 1847-1933 Biography

Drawing from the Impressionists and the Academicians, Victor-Gabriel Gilbert developed an individual style and, subsequently, an equally prosperous reputation. The picturesque open-air markets of Paris with their stalls brimming over with food and flowers most fascinated the artist. He reveled in the liveliness of these places, and focused on their denizens, especially the flower vendors, with a characteristic realism. Commonly depicted by Gilbert were the patrons of these markets – elegant ladies dressed in pastels, examining vibrantly colored flowers and fruits presented to them by merchants in the less regal garb of blues and grays. The choice of portraying the wealthy bourgeoisie engaged in their leisurely pursuits was a consistent theme amongst the Impressionist painters of the day.

Unlike his contemporaries Gilbert had only a little artistic training under the tutelage of Pierre Levasseur at the Ecole de la Ville de Paris, which make his talents as an academic painter all the more remarkable. His paintings quickly gained success with Parisians when he first exhibited in the Salons of 1873 and 1874. It was also during this time that Gilbert befriended Pierre Martin, who was one of the chief supporters of the Impressionist movement, and had among his collection works by Gilbert, along with those by Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin.

Le prix Bonnat, 1926
Chevalier, Légion d’honneur, 1897

Salon of Paris, France, 1873, 1874, 1889

Musée de Bayeux, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie de Besançon, France
Chateau de Dieppe, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Liége, France
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nice, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France
Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, France


Oil on canvas
33 x 46 inches
41 ¼ x 53 ½ inches framed
Signed lower right: Victor Gilbert