Among the most representative painters of what is known as the School of Rouen can be mentioned Léon-Jules Lemaître (1850-1905).
A talented pupil of the city’s art school, he benefited from a scholarship which allowed him to continue his career in the capital. From 1873 to 1879, he attended the Impressionists’ first exhibitions, which enthused him more than the lessons of his master, the intransigent Gérôme. Forming a link with the Parisian milieu, he converted his friends in Rouen, Charles Angrand, Charles Frechon, Joseph Delattre, to impressionism, and then to neoimpressionism. He continued this adventure until 1890, before specialising in views of Rouen that provided him with a genuine success among the art lovers of the time, which was confirmed by subsequent generations. On this occasion, Le Musée des Beaux-Arts is bringing together a representative collection of the painter’s various periods, coming from both private and public collections, in what will be the first monographic show devoted to Léon-Jules Lemaître.