|April 10, 1856
|January 25, 1938, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
|Genre scenes & Historical Impressionism
He came from a Swiss Huguenot family, and was the son of an engraver.
Girardet, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-arts and in the studio of Alexandre Cabanel, one of his professors whose painting of Venus was recognized as one of the foremost representatives of “Academic” art.
Girardet began exhibiting at the country’s famous Salonde Paris in 1881, the year he married and built a home with a studio in Boulogne-Billancourt, a western suburban commune of Paris. Exhibition at the Salon was essential for any artist to achieve success in France, and in 1889 Girardet did so, winning a silver medal at the Salon’sExposition Universelle.
The Exposition was a “World’s Fair” attended by 32 million people. Among the art introduced in Paris that year was the Eiffel Tower!
In addition to his paintings, Girardet illustrated several books, including Mademoiselle de Fierlysby Frederic Dillaye and Tartarin de Tarasconby Alphonse Daudet.