A painter of French Realist works, Paul Seignac is frequently identified for his genre paintings of children and rural life. Most of his subjects are generally sentimental and domestic in both their theme and overall qualities.
He was born in 1826 in Bordeaux, France and became a pupil of Edouard Picot while studying in Paris. His mentor worked primarily as painter of historic scenes and murals, and Seignac diverged dramatically from the work of his teacher. He immediately began producing the popular images, similar to the works of his peers in the town of Ecouen. Working alongside such individuals as Edouard Frere, Luigi Chialiva and August Schenck, Seignac would begin to produce warmly domestic scenes and realist landscapes.
Seignac also painted scenes of rural life that would become as equally popular the genre images he was also creating. These scenes of everyday life, most set in country villages, would capture the earliest phase of the social realism movement that was increasing in popularity throughout Europe.
Seignac exhibited in the Paris Salon, beginning in 1849 and received an Honorable Mention in 1889. His work is still popular and remains in demand with collectors and museums around the world.