Pils, Isidore Alexandre Augustin
French, 19th century, male.
Born 19 July 1813, in Paris; died 3 September 1875, in Douarnenez (Finistère).
Painter, watercolourist. Religious subjects, military subjects, genre scenes.
Isidore Pils studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Lethière and Picot, and won the Prix de Rome in 1838. Pils first worked as a painter of religious subjects but produced works that while accurate were rather uninspired. It was the Crimean War, which he followed at first-hand, that provided him with the opportunity to pursue his true vocation by becoming a military artist, a field in which he achieved great success. By 1848 he had already shown his ability with ...