FRANCE, C,1925

21 X 17.5 INCHES

William Albert Ablett


Ablett spent a considerable part of his career in France, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Albert Aublet and Gérôme and was awarded a first prize.

Ablett then went on to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Français, receiving an honourable mention in 1900, and at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1910 to 1936, of which he became a member.

Ablett was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur and, back in England, a member of the London Royal Academy.

He took part in the Liège Exhibition of 1909, where he received a silver medal. Throughout his career, he continued to exhibit in Monte Carlo and in many other towns in France.

Ablett's work falls into two categories: genre scenes and portraits. Works such as The Banned Novel, The Palmist and Anticipation are typical examples of the genre painting of this period, to which category should be added subjects based more simply on the study and poetry of the landscape, such as In Florence, Woman in a Landscape and On the Water. The numerous portraits Ablett was commissioned to paint, as was the norm in his case, include many British figures, including: Portrait of My Mother, Lord Bertie, British Ambassador and some French figures such as Madame Alexandre Dumas and The Composer André Messager and his Wife. He also illustrated an edition of Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos.