Eugène-Henri Cauchois was born in Rouen in 1850. A promising show of youthful talent encouraged the young Eugène Henri Cauchois (French, 1850–1911) to leave his native Rouen to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, becoming a pupil, first of Ferdinand Duboc, and later Alexandre Cabanel, who was among the most highly regarded artists of fashionable mid-19th-century Paris. Cauchois, as a pupil, assisted his master in working on great decorative panels for Paris’s most fashionable noble houses, as well as the palace of Emperor Napoleon III, for whom he was court painter, and the Empress Eugénie. After his apprenticeship with Cabanel, Cauchois developed into a much sought-after painter of flower still lifes. From Cabannel, Cauchois learned a sense of scale. Cauchois made his debut at the age of 24 at the Paris Salon and won several awards for his work.
During the last years of his life he also devoted himself to decorative painting. For example, he provided the walls of a school in the VIIth arrondissement in Paris with flower still lifes depicting the different seasons.
private collection, The Netherlands;
with Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam, 1997;
sold to a private collection in Belgium, 1998;
thence by descent to the present owners.