Claudia Bret-Charbonnier

French, 1863-1951 Biography

A student of Cabanel, Medard and most likely the Lyonese flower painter Perrachon, Madame Bret-Charbonnier continued the important tradition of Flower Painters from Lyon dating back to the 18th century. Actively participating in the official Salons in Lyon beginning in 1885, in Paris from 1899 and in Dijon from 1890, the artist showed primarily flower paintings executed in oil, pastel and watercolor. A prolific, successful flower painter and influential teacher, her “Mare Fleurie” was purchased by the State of France for the Musee des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, in whose collection it now resides.

The catalog of the grand exhibition “Fleurs de Lyon” held at the Palais Saint-Pierre during the summer of 1982 revealed that in 1907 the studio of Bret-Charbonnier was one of the most frequented artists’ studios in Lyon.

The artist was awarded a second class medal at the Salon of Lyon in 1900. She became a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais and received a bronze medal in the Salon of 1914.

Second class medal, Salon of Lyon, France, 1900
Bronze medal, Salon of the Societe des Artistes Français, Paris, France, 1914
Societe des Artistes Français

Salon of Lyon, France, 1885
Salon of Paris, France, 1899
Salon of Dijon, France, 1890
Salon of Lyon, France, 1900
Salon of the Societe des Artistes Français, Paris, France, 1914

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France

Oil on canvas
61 ¾ x 46 ⅛ inches
68 ⅝ x 52 ⅜ inches framed
Signed lower left: C Bret Charbonnier