French Impressionist painter and draftsman
Jean-Charles Cazin was born at Samer (Pas-de-Calais) and studied in Paris at the Petite École under Lecoq de Boisbaudran, from whom he learned to paint mainly from memory. Cazin taught drawing at the École libre d'Architecture in Paris between 1863-1866, and was curator of the museum and head of the École des Beaux-Arts in Tours in 1868. He visited England between 1871-1874 and Italy between 1874-1875, after which he painted mostly religious, mythological and historical paintings. With further visits to Italy, Holland and Flanders between 1884-1888, Cazin became interested mainly in landscape painting. Cazin was awarded a Grand Prix at the Paris International Exhibition of 1900. He died at Le Lavandou (Var) in 1901.