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Pierre Eugène Montézin had a long and distinguished career as a landscape
painter working in the style and according to the theories and principles, of the
Impressionists. Montézin was born in Paris, 16 October 1874, his father being
a designer of lace who apprenticed his son to the workshop of a decorator
specialising in murals. However, Montézin also studied under the painter Ernest
Quost (1844-1931) and it was Quost together with Montézin’s interest in the
Impressionists that persuaded him to embark on a career as a painter.
Montézin first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1903 and continued to do so, being
awarded a third class medal in 1907 and a second class medal in 1910.
Montézin enlisted in 1914 and served throughout the Great War. On his return
to painting he spent a year at Dreux and at Moret, painting landscapes of the
region. In 1920 he was awarded the Rosa Bonheur prize at the Salon but
exhibited more frequently at the Salon des Artistes Française. Here he was
awarded the medal of honour and subsequently elected to the Jury Committee
of the Artistes Française and also elected a member of the Academie des
Beaux-Arts. In 1923 he was made Chevalier d’Honneur.