Bateaux de pêche, Audierne, 1906

by Henry Moret

Although Moret and his family were from Normandy it was Brittany that held a life-long fascination for the artist.  Moret worked there and in the coastal villages and islands along the south coast of Brittany, painting in Douelan, Clohar and Belle Ile and on Graix and on the remote island of Ouessant on the western tip of Brittany. Moret sought out the local fisherman and farmers, painting the landscape and rocky coastline of this remote and desolate area.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 54.4 x 81.0 cm/21.4 x 31.9 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Henry Moret’ and dated (lower left); titled (verso)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5972 Categories: ,

Particularly interested in depicting the everyday lives of the villagers, Moret from 1896, was firmly installed in Brittany, in the port of Doëlan. He was to spend the rest of his life in Brittany and became known for his paintings of this area. He focused on depicting the coastline and people of Brittany.

He came to Paris only to show his paintings at the Salon d’Automne and to meet his dealer Durand-Ruel who regularly exhibited him from 1895 onwards.

To be exhibited by Durand-Ruel was a privilege to which many artists aspired. Durand-Ruel and Moret were on good terms, and they kept in close contact throughout the artist’s life. In 1893, Moret participated in the Exhibition of Impressionist and Symbolist painters at the Barc de Boutteville.

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