ref. 1508/37

J.-F. Demay

(attributed to)

“Back from the fair”

French School

2nd quarter of the 19th century

Oil on canvas

Measurements with frame : Height : 40,5 cm (16 in.) ; Width : 49 cm (19 1/4 in.)


Born in 1798 in Mirecourt (Meurthe-et-Moselle Dept.), died in 1850 in Paris, Jean-Louis-Francois Demay was a painter specializing in genre scenes and landscapes. As a self-trained artist, Demay participated in the Paris Salon from 1827 until 1846. He then represented lively scenes depicting markets, fairs, festivals, and peasant life, at the time of the French Restoration (1815-1830).


The painted works made by Jean-François Demay are now either part of private collections, or exhibited in renowned museums, such as the Magnin Museum in Dijon, who own ‘The last Stop’ (oil on panel, Inv. 1938 F 266), or the Bordeaux Fine Arts Museum, who have ‘Landscape’ (oil on canvas, dated 1829, Inv. Bx E 714 ; Bx M 6553).


Les petits Maîtres de la peinture 1820-1920, Les Editions de l’Amateur, Paris, 1981, t.V.

Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, E. Bénézit, Editions Gründ, Paris, 1999, t. IV, p. 433.

J. Magnin, Un Cabinet d’un amateur parisien en 1922 – Peintures et dessins de l’école française, II, Paris, 1922 (n° 516).

Les Peintures françaises, catalogue sommaire illustré, Dijon musée Magnin, Paris 2000 (n° 143, p. 73 repr.).

Dictionnaire des peintres paysagistes français au XIXème siècle, Harambourg L., Neuchâtel, 1985, (p. 115; repr.).

Catalogue, Manciet C., Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture de Bordeaux, 1933, (p. 67, n° 238).

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