Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin was born in Paris in 1841. He would become one of the founding members of the Impressionists, alongside other great artists such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Edgar Degas. Guillaumin studied art in Paris at the Academie Suisse, with his friends Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro.
He first exhibited his paintings at the Salon des Refuses in 1863, an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of the official Paris Salon. Armand Guillaumin’s work was shown at six of the eight Impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886. He often chose to paint outside of Paris en plein-air. Like many Impressionists, he focused on light and on the continuously changing effects in nature.
For many years, he was not able to make a living as an artist, so he worked other jobs until 1891 when he was finally able to devote himself to painting. From then on, he spent time in the Mediterranean painting the coastline near Agay. He became close friends with Vincent van Gogh and many similarities can be seen in their style. Armand Guillaumin’s work was not always given the recognition it deserved, but today it is highly sought after by collectors and museum curators.