Louis Burgade French, 1803-1876

Louis Burgade was born in Bordeaux in 1803, right in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars and the various blockades that were imposed on wartime France. Surviving the 12 years until peace came to Europe once more, he began to paint the busy port of Bordeaux and its local marine scenes. Deciding to travel further afield in 1824, Burgade appears to have visited Mauritius twice, once in the early 1830's and once in 1840. Stylistically this work dates to the latter trip, and he must have travelled aboard the Europe.


Nineteen century is recalled as infamous due to the many wars it had afflicted upon the world. One such was the Napoleon war. Louis, as a survivor, had seen lots of destruction and chaos. After the end of the Napoleon war, writers, artists, painters, and musicians transformed their style of art and literature and brought forth the genres which could present some peace for the war-stricken people. Louis painted not only the scenes he had witnessed but also tried his best to uplift people's morale by adding the colours of peace to his canvas. Most of the time, he painted with oil and watercolours and was one of the sublime artists for putting thoughts into art that could reflect the real contemplated ideas.


He would have painted more if the Napoleon war had not trapped him. Being born in a country muddled by sanctions all over, he did really well at that, for there was no such appreciation and medium of artists. He travelled and painted the marine scenes, decorated the busy port of Bordeaux on his painting sheets, and painted some mesmerizing portraits of Europe as he would travel there every now and then. Leaving his influence on young painters of Europe, he would be considered the greatest artist advocating peace through painting. His arts demonstrated nature as one beautiful place to live and respect. 


His work "The Merchantman 'Europe' Entering The Harbour At Port Louis" is yet to be replaced by the contemporary arts at the time that was based on showing the scenes and beauty of Port Louis. He would travel to Mauritius to get painted the scenes and people there. He loved Mauritius more than Bordeaux, and that's why his art reflected Mauritius on many occasions. He passed away in 1876.