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 Guillaumin, Armand (French painter, 1841-1927) , La Creause à Genet

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Title La Creause à Genet
Collection Judges´ Lodgings, Lancaster
Artist Guillaumin, Armand (French painter, 1841-1927)
Date Earliest probably about 1892
Date Latest probably about 1892
Signed yes
Description Guillaumin is one of the lesser known Impressionists. He had to work for most of his life, which limited his activity until a lottery win in 1891 enabled him to concentrate exclusively on painting. He began his career as an avant-garde artist by exhibiting with Cézanne and Pissarro at the Salon des Refusés in 1863. He was also active in Manet's circle at the Café Guerbois, from which Impressionism developed. In this landscape, typical of his later works, the paint is quite dense and applied in thick brushstrokes. The radical nature of his colour combinations caused J.K. Huysmans to call Guillaumin a 'furious colourist', and Felix Fénéon to remark on his 'super-heated skies'.
Current Accession Number J.L. 1995.1/93
Inscription front lr 'Guillaumin'
Subject landscape (riverbank)
Measurements 37.0 x 53.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given to Lancashire County Museum Service through the National Art-Collection Fund (Lionel Hewlett Bequest) 1995.
Provenance Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1892; Thomas Agnew & Sons, London; Christie's, London, 30 June 1967.
Notes 'In 1891 Guillaumin won a state lottery of 100,000 francs, which allowed him to devote himself wholly to painting for the first time. From this time he travelled extensively and painted works such as Rocks at Agay, (1893, Paris, Private Coll.) which are emblematic of rugged aspects of nature in their bold simplification and strong colour contrasts. They share the primitive spirit of Gaughin and his Pont Aven followers and directly prefigure the intensity of Fauvism.' The Lancaster work is clearly a closely related work from this period. Above quote from Greenspan, T. G., 'Guillaumin, (Jean-Baptiste-) Armand', Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press, 2 March 2006, http://www.groveart.com/. Lionel Hewlett of Biggar near Glasgow, who bequeathed this work, was a former coalmine owner with family connections at Anderton Hall near Chorley, Mellor Hall and Brandreth Lodge near Parbold.
Rights Owner Lancashire County Museum Service
Author Lisa Howard



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