Frederic Soulacroix

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Frederic Soulacroix

Italian Academic Classical artist

Born 1858 - Died 1933

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Rome (I) Oct. the Ist, 1858-Cesena (I) Sept. the 3rd, 1933

The son of the well known painter and sculptor Charles (Montpellier, 1825-Firenze, 1899) and of Giacinta Diofebo, F. lived until spring 1863 in Rome and later in Boulogne-sur-Mer (where his father Charles was painting the frescoes of the local cathedral), in Paris and, since 1870, in Italy in Firenze. In 1873, at 15, Frédéric enters the “Accademia di Belle Arti” of Firenze and in Octobre 1876 is admitted to the “Scuola di Pittura”.

1890: June the 6th, he marries in Florence Julie Fernande Blanc. They live in Piazza Donatello, 21 in a charming house with rear garden they acquire. Firenze sees the birth of four boys: Olivier, George, Gabriel and a girl, Amélie Florence.

1924: Nominated “Officier d’Academie” by the French Authorities.
1933: Dies in Cesena (I) by his daughter Amélie Florence, married in 1924 to prince Urbano Chiaramonti, nephew of Pope Pius the VII. Buried in the Chiaramonti tomb.

An artist who enjoyed an enourmous success, his paintings were mainly for private customers coming from USA, England, Germany (Munich especially), South America, Canada.

He made a portrait of the Queen Margherita wife ok King Umberto I of Italy and those of the King of Siam and his brother Prince Sanbasaska.

In recent sales and in pictures of his works appearing from time to time on the “web” (e.g. all the pictures shown above), Frédéric is very often confused with his father Charles. Frédéric’s signature is however unmistakable: his works are always signed F.Soulacroix - generally in red - whilst Charles always signed C. or Ch.or Charles Soulacroix.

Whilst Frédéric had a vast production of paintings, his father Charles had a very limited one having started as a sculptor who soon passed to frescos painting (e.g. those in the Cathedral of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France) after having suffered a painful eye illness provoked by marble dust.

Photographs of Frédéric’s works taken before shipment, as well as watercolours and some portraits of members of his family painted by his father Charles are now the property of the Chiaramonti family, together with many objects (clocks, sofas, chairs etc.) which often appear in Frédéric's paintings.

[Our thanks go to Gregorio d'Ottaviano Chiaramonti for this information.]