Stanislas Lépine (1835-1892) the Pre-Impressionist French Painter
Born in Caen, the artist came to Paris in 1859, he settled in Montmartre and lived there all his life. In 1859 he met Corot and became his pupil. His favorite subject was the Seine, which he painted tirelessly in different aspects. He is not considered an Impressionist painter, but Pre-Impressionist, as he didn't use broken brushstrokes and reflected light of the Impressionists. Although his calm and placid canvases, depicting river landscapes, resemble the Impressionist style, especially Pissarro's and Monet's river views.
In 1874 Lépine exhibited with the group in their First Exhibition, yet his canvases are more conservative in comparison.
Lépine was a modest and hard-working man, he didn't attract high prices for his oils during his lifetime, yet being praised by the critics for "finding inspiration in the suburbs of Paris and poetry where no one else would think of looking".
In 1889 Lépine received the First Prize medal at the Exposition.