View of a Norman Village
Charles Mozin (1806-1862)

View of a Norman Village, Ca. 1830.

Oil on paper glued to canvas., H. 0.25 m; W. 0.40 m

On the stretcher, stamp from the Mozin sale (Lugt 1829b).

Provenance: Studio sale of Charles Mozin, 7-8 April 1865, Paris.
Private collection, France.

A painter and lithographer, Charles Louis Mozin was born in Paris, the son of a well-known musician, the composer Benoit Mozin. Fascinated by painting, he entered the studio of Xavier Leprince (1799-1826) and specialized in landscape and seascapes. He exhibited at the Salon from 1824 to 1861.

His lithographic oeuvre has been described by Beraldi, Les Graveurs du XIXe siècle, t. X, p. 158. By introducing his friend Henri Rittner, a print dealer originally from Dresden to Adolphe Goupil, Mozin is in a way the originator of the Goupil company. In fact, the two men established the house of Rittner & Goupil in 1829. After Rittner’s death in 1840, the company became Goupil & Vibert et Cie and finally Goupil et Co.

In 1825, Mozin discovered Trouville-sur-mer. He married Pauline Coïc in 1829 and they had two daughters. He settled permanently in Trouville in 1839 where he was elected municipal councillor in 1843.