Bord de mer à Carolles

by Robert Antoine Pinchon

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed)  19.75 x 25. 63 in./50.2 x 65.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Robert Pinchon’ lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Alain Letailleur will include this work in his forthcoming Pinchon catalogue raisonné under the number 16.

Catalogue No: 5360 Categories: ,

In Bord de mer à Carolles Antoine Pinchon has captured the intense colouration of the sea and sky reflected in the golden sands. His scenes in and around Normandy, such as this one, are considered his most important works. The area had always been popular with artists but it was Monet with his cliff series of the early 1880s which made the Northern Coast so famous. Additionally, in 1903, Pinchon took part in the Éxposition des Beaux Arts in Rouen alongside Claude Monet. His work was noticed by the Impressionist art collector François Depeaux (1853–1920), at whose home he had the opportunity to converse many times with Albert Lebourg, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet. Notably, Monet characterized him as “a surprising touch in the service of a surprising eye”

Robert Pinchon had also taken part at the age of 19 in the 1905 Salon d’Automne which saw the birth of Fauvism. This movement was characterised by its bold, non-naturalistic colouration and wild loose dabs of paint. The term was coined by art critic Louis Vauxcelles to describe a circle of painters exhibiting in the same room as a classical sculpture. He stated his criticism of their works by describing the sculpture as “a Donatello amongst wild beasts” (Donatello chez les fauves). Despite not being in the same room as those artists Pinchon was much influenced by the movement and acquired their vivid palette. His style remained Post-impressionist with its thick impasto and broad brushstrokes but with the incandescent colours of the Fauves. This is seen here where the golden yellows, vivid sea-greens and radiant blues permeate the canvas. This work is from after that period.

Provenance

Galerie du Léthé, Paris;

Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Robert Antoine Pinchon was a French Post-Impressionist painter known for his depictions of ports, bridges, and the rolling countryside. Born on 1st July 1886 in Rouen, France, his father was a playwright and close friend of the famed writer Guy de Mauspassant, who encouraged Pinchon to explore art as a youth. He began his studies at the Lycée Pierre-Corneille in Rouen in 1901, where he met both Marcel Duchamp and Pierre Dumont. Pinchon participated in the Salon d’Automne in 1907, where he and his contemporaries were lauded as the second group of talented artists to emerge after French Impressionists such as Claude Monet. In 1914, Pinchon was called to serve in World War I, where he was wounded several times being taken as a prisoner of war by Germany. The artist managed to escape captivity and returned to Rouen in 1918. He went on to reestablish his career, and exhibited works alongside Pierre Bonnard and Albert Marquet, amongst others. Pinchon died on 3rd January 1943 in Bois-Guillaume, France. His works are now held in prestigious museums in France including in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen.

Literature

A.Letailleur, Robert Pinchon, Paris, 1990, pp. 76-77 (illustrated).

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