Paul-Elie Gernez

Caudebec-en-Caux – The Artists – Gernez, Paul-Elie

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Caudebec-en-Caux. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Caudebec-en-Caux has recently merged (2016) with other towns nearby and is now called “Rives-en-Seine“. However, since the artists called the town by its original name in their paintings, we will continue to refer to the place by its old name.

Paul-Elie Gernez
Paul-Elie Gernez

Movement(s): Cubism

Paul-Elie Gernez born in Onnaing on January 27, 1888 and died in Honfleur on September 6, 1948 is a French painter, watercolourist, engraver and illustrator.

Paul-Elie Gernez let himself be tempted at the start of his career by Cubism, then returned to a more classical figuration, to the landscape, to still life, to seascapes, to still lifes of flowers.

He mainly draws his inspiration from Honfleur where he stays there a lot. He quickly understands that he found there what he was looking for: calm, a job that allows him to live, but gives him time to paint and above all that estuary atmosphere so loved by Eugene Boudin.

Gernez works a lot and wants to accomplish his “ranges” every day by making many drawings. In the same spirit, he produces two to four watercolors per day. He works from nature: nudes, still lifes and landscapes. Gernez divides his time between Paris and Honfleur, which he never leaves for long. In 1923, he was named Knight of the Legion of Honor.

In 1942, illness forced him to rest. His pace slows down, but he continues to work. After a serious operation in 1946, Gernez passed away in 1948 in Honfleur.

Click here to read his bio on Wikipedia (in French only)

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???? - Paul-Elie Gernez - View of Caudebec
???? – Paul-Elie Gernez – View of Caudebec


The village of Villequier is small village (population: 770) South-West of Caudebec-en-Caux. Together with Caudebec and several other smaller towns and villages, they now for the city of Rives-en-Seine.

1933 - Paul-Elie Gernez - The Graveyard of Villequier
1933 – Paul-Elie Gernez – The Graveyard of Villequier

Paul-Elie Gernez painted most of his life in Normandy, but he did manage to visit some other parts of France. Here are all the places we’ve found where he painted (a link “⇠” to his works will appear when published):

Artists featured here who painted in Caudebec-en-Caux (but not limited to) are (names marked with a “*” indicates that the artist did NOT work directly in Caudebec, instead worked in villages nearby):

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