Paul Peel was born in London, Ontario. His early art training was provided by his father. He later moved to Paris, France where he received art instruction at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Académie Julien.
He travelled widely in Canada and Europe, exhibiting as a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy. He later returned to Paris where he died in October 1892 at the early age of 32 from a lung infection.
Paul Peel was known for his often sentimental nudes and for his pictures of children; he was in fact among the first Canadian painters to explore the nude as a subject. For his skill in using light and colour, Peel won a medal at the 1890 Salon for his painting After the Bath.
Peel had two children; a son and then a daughter, who were his models in several of his paintings.
Paul Peel’s paintings hang in several major collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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