Louis Rémy Mignot


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Painter. A versatile landscapist, he is particularly remembered for winter scenes and for views of the South American tropics. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he went abroad while still in his teens, probably late in 1848. In 1849 he began his training in The Hague, where he remained for about five years. While studying with landscape painter Andreas Schelfhout, he developed technical facility and understanding of Dutch landscape traditions, including winter views. Upon his return to the United States, he settled in New York and found success with scenes in keeping with the prevailing Hudson River School aesthetic. In 1857 he accompanied Frederic Church on an ambitious four-month expedition to Ecuador. They traveled from the lowland rain forest into the interior to view the snow-capped Andes. Like Church's South American prospects, Mignot's similarly exotic views combine closely studied detail, vast spaces, and resplendent light. After visiting Niagara Falls to prepare studies for a large painting, in 1862 Mignot departed for England. There he found a ready market for his views of North and South American locales, as well as British and Alpine scenes. During the years he resided in London, he traveled on a number of occasions to the Continent and was in Paris when the Franco-Prussian war broke out. Shortly after fleeing to England, he died of smallpox at Brighton.

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