Edmond Marie Petitjean

Le Havre – The Artists –Petitjean, Edmond Marie

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

Edmond Marie Petitjean
Edmond Marie Petitjean

Edmond Marie Petitjean (1844 – 1925) was a self-taught French painter; known for landscapes and seascapes. His father was a lawyer and wanted him to follow suit; forcing him to study law despite his artistic talent and sending him to Paris, where he was apprenticed to a notary.

While there, he visited the museums and became determined to be an artist. His parents cut off his financial support, but he was able to find employment managing a small factory in Nancy. This enabled him to purchase the painting supplies he needed.

He painted in several ports along the Atlantic coast and spent a year working in Dordrecht. He participated in decorating several pavilions at the Exposition Universelle (1889) and was presented with a silver medal. The following year, he exhibited in Munich. In 1892, he was named a Knight in the Legion of Honor.

La Salle Doree of the Le Train Blue restaurant of Gare du Nord, Paris.
La Salle Doree of the Le Train Blue restaurant of Gare de Lyon, Paris.

In 1900, he and twenty other painters received a commission from Stephane Adolphe Derville, President of the Board of Directors of the “Chemins de fer de Paris a Lyon et a la Mediterranee“, to decorate the restaurant in the Gare de Lyon now known as “Le Train Bleu“. He was assigned to work in the “Salle doree” (Golden Room), themed to represent the Mediterranean coast, and painted a scene depicting the village of Le Puy. His study for the painting received a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle (1900).

As did many artists during the period, he also provided illustrations and cartoons for periodicals; notably the satirical journals, Le Frou-frou, L’Assiette au Beurre and Le Rire.

Click here to read Petitjean’s full bio on Wikipedia.

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???? - Edmond Marie Petitjean - Le Havre, France
???? – Edmond Marie Petitjean – Le Havre, France
???? - Edmond Marie Petitjean - The Bassin du Roi at Le Havre
???? – Edmond Marie Petitjean – The Bassin du Roi at Le Havre

TODAY: The Bassin du Roi still exists today, but is exclusively used by the small coastal fishing boats.

???? - Edmond Marie Petitjean - View of Le Havre
???? – Edmond Marie Petitjean – View of Le Havre

Petitjean painted all over France (a link “” to his works will appear below when published):

  • Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
    • Clermont Ferrand
    • Puy-en-Valay
  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (Burgundy)
    • Chalon-sur-Saone
    • Macon
    • Semur-en-Auxois
  • Brittany
  • Centre-Val de Loire
    • Chartes
  • Grand Est
    • Nancy
    • Troyes
  • Hauts de France
    • Dunkerque
    • Verdun
  • Normandy
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Occitanie
    • Amelie-les-Bains
  • Pays de la Loire
    • Noirmoutier
    • Sables d’Olonne
  • Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur

Here are the painters/artists who painted in Le Havre (a “*” indicates that the artist did not worked directly in Le Havre itself, instead worked closeby, a link “” to the artist’s works will appear below when published):

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Today - The "Bassin du Roy" is still used, but now by small coastal fishing boats. There's still a bride in the middle.
Today – The “Bassin du Roi” is still used, but now by small coastal fishing boats.
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