Trinity House Paintings
Armand Jean-Baptiste Guillaumin is the longest surviving Impressionist, the most loyal and probably the least known, Armand Jean-Baptiste Guillaumin was born in Paris of a family that had recently moved there from central France, where as a boy he spent much of his time. At the age of 15 he started working in his uncle's shop, while studying drawing in the evenings. In 1860 he obtained a job on the Paris-Orleans railway, continuing to oil paint in his spare time. In 1861 he entered the Académie Suisse and met Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro, with whom he was to remain on close terms for the rest of his life. Together they found employment painting blinds. They spent some time together at Pontoise, and Cézanne was greatly impressed by A view of the Seine that Guillaumin painted in (1871 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). At this time all three were frequent visitors to Dr. Gachet's house at Auvers and it was there that Cézanne did a portrait-etching of Guillaumin. Cézanne also made a reproduced a oil painting by him of the Seine at Bercy (1876, Kunsthalle, Hamburg). One of the more impoverished members of his artistic circle, Guillaumin was obliged in 1872 to take a job with the department of bridges and roads.