Original works of art
| Louis -Eugene Lambert
|(French, 1825 -1900 )
Born in Paris, Louis Lambert became interested in drawing as a young boy,
when he studied at the Ecole de Dessin. Between 1842 and 1846, Lambert became
serious about art and began to study with Eugène Delacroix and Paul Delaroche.
He also copied the old masters at the Louvre, where he was very influenced by
the Flemish School. At night, he studied at the Gobelin Academy, working after
Between 1844 and 1852 he spent a great deal of his time at Nohant, where he
was friendly with the realist author Georges Sand. Lambert debuted at the Salon
in 1847 with a still life of birds. In 1854, he moved to the rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs
in Paris, where he lived with other artists including Gerôme and Toulmouche,
all working side-by-side, dedicated to their art. He became the draftsman for
the “Journal d’agriculture practique” in the same year, and
enjoyed brief sojourn in Barbizon.
Lambert’s great success at the Salon of 1857 with “Cat and Parakeet”
decided his career; thereafter he garnered a world-wide reputation as a painter
of cats and dogs, and was dubbed the “Raphael of Cats.” He received
medals in 1865, 1870 and was presented with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor
in 1874. In 1874, he painted Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild surrounded by his
dogs. Lambert also produced imaginative illustrations for many books, among
them the Fables of La Fontaine.