Felix Buhot Biography

Felix Buhot




Felix Buhot (1847-1898), etcher, painter, writer, and draughtsman, was born in Valognes, France on July 9, 1847. His father was a wine merchant and his mother sold women’s clothes. Unfortunately, both his parents and his maternal grandmother died when he was quite young. Buhot moved to Paris in 1865 to study letters at the Lycée Henry IV. He left the Lycée in 1866 to attend the École des Beaux-Arts where he studied under Isidore-Alexandre Augustin Pils, Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, and maritime painter Jules Noel.

His early artistic works included designing music score covers, and in the 1870s, he turned to etching reproductions of paintings for magazines and book illustrations. By 1872, Buhot was working for a fanmaker named Duvelleroy while producing landscapes and seascapes in watercolor.

Buhot produced his first original etching in 1873.Transferring his watercolor techniques to the plate in their delicacy and richness. To achieve his desired effects, he employed aquatint, engraving, roulette and drypoint, reworking his proofs extensively. Buhot is known for his use of vignettes known as remarques, in the margins of his prints. These remarques usually related peripherally to the theme of the work. Like Whistler, Buhot frequently printed on old or unusual papers to add interest to his images.

Buhot’s editions are very small and his prints are sometimes signed and annotated in pencil and stamped with his "red owl" initials FB (Lugt 977, 978) and sometimes are also signed and dated in the plate.

By the 1880s Buhot turned away from printmaking, focusing almost entirely on painting, although he continued to exhibit his prints. During the last ten years of his life, he suffered from depression and virtually abandoned his artistic career. Felix Buhot died in Paris on April 26, 1898.