Charles Joseph Frederic Soulacroix
Soulacroix was born in Montpellier on 6th July, 1825. He began his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1845 where he was a pupil of Ramney, Cornelius and Dumont. The artist made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1849.
In July, 1852 Soulacroix married Giacinta Diofebo in Rome. He worked there after his marriage and also in Parma, Pisa, Livorno and Florence, before returning to Paris.
Soulacroix excelled in painting figurative subjects in the luxurious interiors of fashionable Parisian salons. The artist pays particular attention to detail in his paintings, depicting elegant furniture with fine silk and satin fabrics on both the dresses and walls.
Soulacroix’s paintings were incredibly popular among the society he depicted and brought him considerable success during his lifetime. He continues to be regarded as the master of his genre today.
The artist died on 9th May, 1889 in Florence.