ZIEM, Felix Francois Georges Philibert
Felix Ziem Born in Beaune, 1821 and died in Paris, 1911. He was a French painter of the sea and southern ports, especially Venice and Constantinople. Though his early work was strongly influenced by the Barbizon school, he developed an individual style, a misty treatment with a riot of rich colour. His seascapes won him several medals and a large following of collectors. He studied at the Dijon Ecole d’Árchitecture before moving to Marseilles and in 1841 to Italy. After spending 1842-43 in Russia, he arrived in Paris in 1848 and first exhibited at the Salon the following year. Throughout his life he traveled constantly, particularly to Venice and the Bosphorus. He became a chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1857, an officer in 1878 and a commander in 1908, and left the contents of his studio to the museum in Ajaccio, Amsterdam, Avignon, Baltimore, Berlin, Bordeaux, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cincinnati, Digne, Dijon, Douai, Frankfurt/M., Marseilles, Minneapolis, Montpellier, Montreal, Moscow, Mulhouse, Nates, New York, Nice, Paris, Philadelphia, Reims, Rouen, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toledo, Toulouse, Utrecht, Valenciennes, And Washington.