Gustave Adolphe Simonau (1810 Brügge – 1870 Brussels)
View of Andernach, 1845
Material: Oil on panel
Dimension: 34,5 x 28,5 cm
One of Europe's greatest 19th century Architectural Artists is Gustave Adolphe Simonau. He came from a family with obvious artistic gifts. His boyhood was spent mainly in London where he studied painting under his uncle, Francois Simonau (1783-1859), and Lithographic Art under his father, Pierre Simonau.
From approximately 1815 to 1830, the father owned and ran a successful lithographic printing establishment in that city. Simonau traveled throughout France and Belgium delineating some of the greatest achievements of gothic architecture. Altogether he created over forty masterpieces of architectural art on this grand scale.
He lithographed himself, especially the Principal Monuments of Europe, a work that did him honor. He exhibited in London, at the New Water Colors Society from 1859 to 1870.