Pierre-Eugene Montezin

1874-1946

Biography

Pierre Montezin was a member of a second wave of Impressionists that painted during the early twentieth century. Largely self-taught, Montezin had a father who motivated him to become an artist, and he joined a workshop where he learned to paint decorative murals. After ten years of being rejected, in 1903 Montezin was finally accepted into Salon des Artistes Francais, and in 1906 exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. In 1914 he enlisted to fight in World War I, and it was only after the war was over that he took up painting and exhibiting his work again. Montezin was known for his vivid and luminous color and vigorous brushwork that is reminiscent of Claude Monet’s work. In 1932, he had a one man show at the Galerie Charpentier. Instead of following the current art movements, he continued to paint in the Impressionist style throughout his career.