Monday, August 29, 2016
Pierre Comba (1859 - 1934) was a French painter best known for his watercolors depicting the life of the Chasseurs Alpin.
In 1881 he serves as a conscript in North Africa where he participated in the campaign of Tunisia. Encouraged by the military painters, he became assistant designer in September 1883.
In 1888, Peter Comba settled permanently in his hometown Nice where he married, widowed soon, and re-married a Venetian who gave him a son in 1896. As a former military painter he obtained the authorization of the General Staff to follow, the summer and winter manoeuvres in the Alps (Counties of Nice, Dauphiné, Savoie ). He will do so for twenty-six years, until the beginning of the great war.
In 1903 he became a member of the Mountain Painters Society where he exhibited regularly from 1907 to 1914. He designed for directories of the French Army and was a contributor to several magazines such as The Illustrated Figaro.
From 1914 to 1918, he returned to work as a painter of the Army, mainly with the Chasseurs Alpin, following in the battles they lead, across the icy cliffs of the Vosges to the muddy trenches of the Somme.