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Artist Biography

 Régis Gignoux began his art training in his native town of Lyons, France. Showing promising talent as an artist, Gignoux then attended the École des Beaux Arts in Paris under the tutelage of the renowned French historical painter Paul Delaroche. Delaroche was impressed by young Gignoux's landscape drawings, and encouraged him to specialize as a landscape artist. In 1840, Gignoux immigrated to the United States, settling in the New York area. Due to his prefered subjects and painting style, Gignoux fell in with the Hudson River School artists and quickly established himself as a painter landscapes, especially of winter scenes.

Gignoux's versatility and ability as an artist was noted by the prominent art historian Henry T. Tuckerman when he stated: "Gignoux has made a study of American scenery under every aspect; he has observed nature in the New World with reference to the modifying influence of seasons; and in many instances has proved singularly felicitous in his true rendering of atmosphere, sky and vegetation, as they are changed in tone, color and effect by vernal, summer, autumnal and wintry agencies. He... carries into his observation of nature no morbid feeling; but catches her most pleasant language and delights in reproducing her salient effects."

Gignoux lived in Brooklyn but spent summers in the countryside sketching from nature. While living in New York he was a frequent exhibitor at galleries in Manhattan, Boston, and Philadelphia. Gignoux was also elected an Academician by the National Academy of Design, and was the first president of the Brooklyn Academy. He returned to France in 1870, and died in Freiburg, Germany in 1882.

Régis Gignoux's paintings are held in renowned museum collections including, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Layton Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.