Gustav Colin

Bullfighting scene, 1896
Oil on mahogany panel
Signed lower left
Size: 27 x 35cm
With frame: 46 x 54 cm
Inscription on the back of the canvas “The picador attacking the bull” and the date of 1896.


Gustave Colin painted portraits, landscapes of Parisian life and scenes typical of Mediterranean folklore. Its colors are warm; his paste, free, strong and broadly brushed, brings audacity to his paintings.

He was a pupil of Constant Dutilleux in Arras then of Ary Scheffer, Thomas Couture and Camille Corot in Paris, of whom he will keep a strong impression.

He began his career at the Salon of 1857. He received awards on several occasions, including the gold medal in 1900. In 1863, he exhibited at the Salon des Refusés alongside Manet, who for the occasion unveiled his famous painting, “Luncheon on the Grass”.

In 1874, the painter participated in the first exhibition of the Impressionists, he exhibited five paintings. Happy to have learned and eager to transmit, he is a professor at the Académie Julian in Paris. Although originally from the North of France, he lived in the Basque country which inspired many paintings.


• In Paris: Orsay Museum

• In France: Museum of Fine Arts in Pau, Crozatier Museum in Le-Puy-en-Velay, Chartreuse Museum in Douai, Museum of Fine Arts in Marseille, Museum of Fine Arts in Reims, Antoine Vivenel Museum in Compiègne, Basque and Bayonne history museum, Lille fine arts museum.


• Hans Peter Bühler, “Colin Gustave”, Allgemeines Kunsterlexikon , 1998

• Gérard Schurr, Pierre Cabane, Dictionary of the little masters of painting, 1820-1920 , t. II, Paris, Editions of the amateur, 1996