Albert Aublet, a distinguished French painter born on January 18, 1851, in Paris, and who passed away on March 3, 1938, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, left an indelible mark on the art world with his genre scenes. His artistic journey was shaped by his training under Claudius Jacquand and Jean-Leon Gerome, leading to his first exhibit at the Salon in 1873. Aublet’s talent was recognized with an honorable mention in 1879 and a third-class medal in 1880, along with accolades from international events like the Exposition Universelle of 1889. His contributions to art were honored with the Legion of Honor in 1890.
Aublet’s travels in 1881, particularly to the Middle East, deeply influenced his work, with Istanbul leaving a lasting impression. His Orientalist painting “Turkish Woman in the Baths” garnered acclaim, and he later became President of the Societe des Artistes in Tunis. Beyond painting, Aublet shared his knowledge as a professor at the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts and is thought to have inspired Marcel Proust’s fictional painter M. Biche in “Remembrance of Things Past.”
One of Aublet’s notable works is “Le Treport, France,” an Impressionist piece that captures the essence of the small fishing port and light industrial town situated in the Pays de Caux. This painting reflects the charm of Le Treport, which has been a place of interest since the Middle Ages and was visited by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. The town boasts attractions such as Vue panoramique and Promenades en Mer au Treport, making it a worthwhile destination for visitors.