Victor Charreton was born in Bourgoin (Isère, France) on March 2nd, 1864.
After studying law in Paris, he practised in Paris and Lyon. In the end he totally devoted himself to painting.
In 1902 he moved to Paris where he studied with Ernest Victor Hareux and Louis Aime Japy, both of whom were early influences on his work.
He found his inspiration in Paris and during his travels throughout France. He painted in Montmartre, the Garden of the Luxembourg, the Park Montsouris, Provence and Brittany. Moreover, he traveled to Algeria in 1905, and in 1913 he found himself at one point or another in Spain, England, Belgium and Holland.
Charreton started exhibiting in 1894 in Lyon, with a painting entitled 'Matin a Montpeyroux', and later on in the same year in Paris at 'the Salon des Artistes Francais', with 'Soir d'Octobre'.
He was awarded prizes and medals from 1910 onward, a 'mention honorable' in 1910, a silver medal in 1912, and a gold medal in 1913. Charreton was one of the founding members of the Show of Autumn (Salon d'Automne), and was made knight of the Legion of Honour in 1914.
He participated in many exhibitions in France and abroad, in New York (from 1919 - 1925), Toledo (1926, 1934), Pittsburgh (1933), Cleveland (1934), and in Japan (1920, 1928). In 1931, he founded a museum mainly devoted to his paintings, the Musée Victor Charreton.
He was a teacher at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1919 until 1925.
Victor Charreton is famous for his landscapes and still-life paintings, often sharing Impressionist preoccupations whilst trying to capture momentary effects of specific times of day or seasons, at sunset or in a snowy landscape.
He belongs to a generation of artists who devoted themselves to 'le paysage', just like the impressionists did before them, paying attention to the influence of seasons, light and colours. Furthermore, he traveled extensively and together with his wife, he visited Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, England, Spain and Morocco.
His evolution tended towards a use of richer and brighter colours, notably in the mauves and violets which characterize his style.
Charreton died on November 26th, 1936, at the age of 72.
Paintings in museum collections
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Brooklyn Museum, New York City (Neige, Auvergne, 1899)
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, USA
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (La neige)
Musée Murol (Hiver à Château Murol)
Musée d'Art Roger Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand (Neige à Murols)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chambéry (Maison dans les arbres; Maison dans un jardin)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon (Paysage d’hiver)
Musée de Grenoble (Neige au Breuil)
New Orleans Museum of Art
Musée de Bourgoin-Jallieu (Mai-Nov. 2003).
R. Chatin, B. Chatin, Victor Charreton: catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2007
Victor Charreton, itinéraire d’un peintre voyageur par Valérie Huss, Brigitte Riboreau et Vincent Pomarède, les presses du réel, 2004
Maurice Wantellet, Deux siècles et plus de peinture dauphinoise, Grenoble, édité par l'auteur, 1987, 269 p. (ISBN 2-950223-0-7)
Maurice Wantellet, Le Dauphiné et ses peintres, une source d'inspiration, éditions Le Dauphiné, 2003, 52 p. (ISBN 2-911739-49-3)