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Charles Giroux

(1828–1885)

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An air of mystery surrounds the enigmatic French-born Charles Giroux. Exact birth and death dates and places are unknown, though he was active in New Orleans from roughly 1860 to 1885, a span in which he appeared sparingly in city directories with occupations listed as either cotton broker or painter. Equipped with a romantic palette, Giroux captured lush Louisiana landscapes in small-scale oil paintings—Cotton Plantation, his most cited work, measures 14 by 23 inches—renowned for their great depth, extensive vanishing point usage, and fine finished surfaces. Pioneering female New Orleans artist and socialite Blanche Blanchard made spurious claims of collaborating with Giroux, though it is legend she simply added her signature to his works in her collection.

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Charles Giroux." In knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowlouisiana.org/entry/charles-giroux.

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Charles Giroux" knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sep 2012. Web. 15 Feb 2018.

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Additional Data

Coverage 1828–1885
Category Art
Topics People
Regions Greater New Orleans
Time Periods Antebellum Period, Bourbon Era, Civil War Period, Reconstruction Period
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