Crépuscule, c.1910

by Ferdinand Puigaudeau


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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 26.0 x 32.0 in./ 66.0 x 81.3 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5433 Categories: ,

This piece, from 1910 is a prime example of Ferdinand du Puigaudeau’s ability to capture the brilliance in the everyday  spectacle of the sun setting. As the sun descends in the sky, its light diminishes, providing the scene with a cool purple, blue glow that is reflected throughout the composition.

The darkness of city skyline in the distance is silhouetted against the soft sunlight which radiates blue and white hues in the sky, adding a sense of calm and stillness. The slightly warmer reflections of the sun shimmer brightly on the water’s surface where the boatman and his wife add a sense of narrative to this otherwise completely natural scene.  Notably, the boatman carries on looking ahead, directed towards the hut, not even registering the beauty of the sunset behind him. For Puigaudeau nature was both poetic and ethereal, with no need for exaggeration, just a need to observe.


Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Ferdinand Loyen du Puigaudeau was born in 1864 in Nantes, a city in western France along the Loire River. He received art training at a young age and travelled extensively to Rome, Flanders, and Venice. When he finally returned to France in 1888, he settled in Pont-Aven and resided at the Pension Goanec, an inexpensive hostel where he met Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard, and Charles Laval.


Puigaudeau was also greatly influenced by the work of Claude Monet and Paul Renoir. The artists from Europe as well as the Americas who travelled to Brittany to paint were attracted to the region by its religious traditions, its mythical practices and culture. This École de Pont Aven gave birth to a new style of painting which was characterised by an emphasis on the vividness of colour, spatial arrangements that were greatly simplified, and by forms that were sharply delineated.


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