Louis Remy Mignot was an American Creole who enjoyed a brief but widely traveled artistic career, until his death at age 39. Best known for his tropical landscapes painted in Ecuador, Mignot is also remembered for his paintings of the Southern United States and of the upstate New York region.
Mignot was born the son of a confectioner in Charleston, South Carolina. It is believed that he had early instruction in Charleston, before traveling to the Netherlands in 1850 for three years of study at the Hague under Andreas Schelfhout.
Returning to the United States, Mignot established his studio in New York City, and began to make his reputation with landscapes of the upstate New York region, painted in the style of the Hudson River School.
In 1857, Mignot accompanied Frederick E. Church on his second trip to South America. Together, the artists traveled from Panama to Ecuador, where they spent 10 weeks painting village and mountain scenes.
Returning to New York in 1958, Mignot received critical praise for his South American landscapes. At the same time, he continued to paint landscapes of the Southeastern and Northeastern United States, and to execute the landscape backgrounds for prominent New York figurative artists such as John Ehninger and Eastman Johnson.
In 1862, with the outbreak of the Civil War, Mignot moved from New York to London, where he continued to lead a successful career, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and the 1867 Paris Exposition.
Mignot's career was unfortunately cut short in 1870 during a trip to France, when he became an accidental casualty of the Franco Prussian War. Mistakenly imprisoned during the siege of Paris, he was eventually released, but died of smallpox shortly after his return to his home in Brighton, England. It is believed he contracted the disease while in confinement.
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