Edouard Fer (1887 – 1959)

Edouard Fer was born in the French town of Nice and studied art at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris.   In 1912 he won a prize for one of his exhibits at the Salon des Artistes Français. He was commissioned to create a large mural in the 1920’s for the city library in Nice and was also commissioned to paint a large canvas for the luxury ocean liner, the Ȋle de France, also in the mid 1920’s.

Edouard Fer remained active as a painter, watercolourist and writer on art, in particular publishing a book Solfège de la Couleur in 1958, exploring in depth the relationship and effects of colour with the artist in mind.

His relationship with Paul Signac (1863-1935) was as a friend, follower and a promoter of his art and exhibitions, as Edouard Fer had independent means, and was well connected socially. Thirty five letters written by Paul Signac to Edouard Fer discussing their work are now held in the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Edouard Fer died in 1959.

Le Monastère de Laghet à Nice
Oil on panel: 24 x 16 cm