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Charles Chaplin Self Portrait
French 1825 – 1891

The Formative Years of a Master Painter

Charles Joshua Chaplin, an artist whose work epitomized the elegance and grace of 19th-century French painting, began his artistic journey at a prestigious institution known for shaping some of the most notable artists of his era. Born in Andelys, France, in 1825, Chaplin embarked on his formal education in the arts at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1840. This period marked the beginning of a flourishing career that would see him become one of the most revered portrait and genre painters of his time.

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