Pierre-Eugene Montézin was born in 1874 in Paris and studied at the Ecole des Decoratifs there on his father’s insistence. Although Montézin went on to work as a muralist, his true calling always remained painting, which he eventually took up in 1893. However, it was only after ten years that his work was accepted at the Paris Salons, and his career as a painter was affirmed.
Montézin was greatly influenced by the Impressionists, and particularly by the works of Claude Monet. He adopted several of their techniques in developing his own idiom and continued to paint in this style throughout his career. Despite living in the bustling metropolis of Paris, Montézin connected intimately with nature and landscapes feature predominantly in his oeuvre, harking back to the time when his father would take him for long walks in the country.
When the First World War broke out in 1914, Montézin enlisted in the military, later receiving the Médaille Militaire for his service. At the end of the War, the artist returned to Paris and resumed painting. Montézin spent very little time in his studio as he could only be satisfied when working in unity with nature.
Honours began to come to Montézin as early as 1920, when he received the Rosa Bonheur Prize. In 1923, he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Art, and in 1932, he was awarded the Medal of Honour at the Salon des Artistes Français, marking the first time thirty years that a landscape had won this honour. The same year, Montèzin was unanimously elected president of the Salon jury.
Montèzin painted to the end of his life, dying suddenly in 1946 while on a painting trip in Brittany.