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Félix (-François-Georges-Philibert) Ziem (1821 - 1911)
  • Place of Birth: Beaune, France
  • Place of Death: Paris, France
Works of Art

After studying architecture in Dijon, he worked as a surveyor on the construction of the Marseille canal, before his watercolours attracted the patronage of Ferdinand-Philippe, duc d'Orléans, and he became a successful drawing master. Although known principally for his views of Venice, which he visited on numerous occasions, he also painted in Constantinople, North Africa and the forest of Fontainebleau. His many foreign journeys included visits to Russia in 1843-4, the Middle East and North Africa at least five times between 1847 and 1859 and London in 1849 and 1852.

Financially successful, he owned studios in Paris and Martigues in the south of France (where there is now a Musée Ziem).