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Born at Mâcon in France, artist Hippolyte Petitjean studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the tutelage of academic artists Alexandre Cabanel and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes.
In 1884 Petitjean met and become close friends with the older Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat – whose influence changed the course of Petitjean’s artistic career. Joining with the Neo-Impressionists, Petitjean was influenced by the Symbolists and employed Seurat’s Pointillist technique. He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris and at Le Brac de Bouteville. Alongside his work as an art teacher, Petitjean also exhibited to wide critical acclaim in Brussels (1893,1898), Berlin (1898), Weimar (1903) and Wiesbaden (1921). Never prolific or indeed financially stable, Petitjean’s oeuvre of around three hundred and fifty painting are however diverse in their subject matter and yet remain faithful to Pointillism.
Petitjean’s work is held in several international private collections and features in the public collections of the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City