Thomas French Fine Art
During the 1870s and 1880s, French art was revolutionized by a group of artists dubbed the Impressionists who introduced radical new techniques and compositions that opened the floodgates for creative experimentation with Paris at the center. Three charming Impressionist prints by Pierre August Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and Edgar Degas are featured in this exhibition. Renoir’s affectionate portrayal of his third son in Claude Renoir, la Tête Baisée in particular demonstrates the artist’s sensitive attention to intimate and candid compositions.
The 1890s were characterized by the creative period of the Belle Époque that continued until the beginning of World War I in 1914. Encouraged by peace and prosperity in Paris, Post-Impressionist artists including Henri de Toulousse-Lautrec, Louis Legrand, Felix-Edouard Vallotton, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen strove to capture the golden age of Parisian social life. À la Renaissance: Sarah Bernhardt dans Phedre by Toulousse-Lautrec depicts the first star of the French stage, Sarah Bernhardt, as Phaedra in Jean Racine’s dramatic tragedy about a woman in love with her stepson. During this time the influence of Japanese printmaking was also particularly strong demonstrated here by two of Paul Berthon’s Art Nouveau prints and Henri Riviere Japonisme print of a washhouse in Tréboul, Brittany.
The turn of the century in France continued to be dominated by experiments with the new color and content of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. This period was marked by the emergence of Nabis artists Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Ker-Xavier Roussel. These three artists, who were all friends, adopted an artistic style, which included a rejection of traditional methods and the introduction of flat shapes non-naturalistic color, and dark contours similar to the graphic approach of a Japanese print. Ultimately, however, these artists were most concerned with returning art to its original function as decoration. Ker-Xavier Roussel in particular was most well known for his French landscape depictions of women, children, nymphs and fauns in pastoral settings, evidenced in Neo-Classical Scene.
Picasso considered himself the greatest artist working in Paris from his arrival in 1900 to his death in 1973. One of his rivals for public acclaim was Georges Rouault. Both artists used original graphics as a significant focus of their creativity. The Picasso etching Les Pauvres depicts a family of circus performers and is part of the artist’s highly regarded “Blue Period.” The two Rouault works show a compositional use of black lines to outline the composition inspired by the magnificent Gothic stained glass found in and around Paris. This distinctive style is easily discernable once you view his work.
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En passant (Passing by)
Les Boules de Neige
Le Matin (Morning)
James Jacques Tissot
Femme au collier (Woman with Necklace)
James Jacques Tissot
Les Pauvres (The Poor)
Lizzie Derriey Design Studio