AUGUSTE HENRI MUSIN (BELGIAN, 1852-1920)
Auguste Henri Musin was born on April 4, 1852 in Oostende, Belgium. He as a marine artist and is today considered one of the top European marine artist of the 19th and early 20th century. His father, Francois Etienne Musin was also a highly noted marine artist and Musin was taught by his father but established a more modern approach.
In 1872, Musin started to participate quite successfully in important European and American venues. In 1889, at The Paris Salon, he was awarded an honorable mention, and a gold medal in Rouen, France as well as medals in London, Lille, Lorient, Periquex, Limoges, Marseille, Dunkerque, Reims and many more. He settled in Brussels and like his father, became considered one of Belgium's top marine artists. When he married, in 1872, he settled in England, near London. During the 1880s he worked for magazines, The Graphic, The London Times and the L'Univers Illustre.
His marines were painted in Oostende, Belgium and in Holland, Scheveningen, Noordwijk, Terneuzen, Rottendam and Dordrecht. He also painted in Brittany, France and Alicante, Spain. A large number of paintings were sold to the American market through dealers that exported his paintings.
Musin died in St. Joost-ten-Noode on December 10, 1920.
Today, his paintings can be found in private and public collections, worldwide, including in Belgium museums in Bruges, Brussels, Oostende, and Liege. They can also be found in museums in Madrid, Spain, and Reims, France.