Le pont de Vernon sur la Seine

by Pierre Dumont

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 23.75 x 29 in./ 60.3 x 73.7 cm.
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5362 Categories: ,

Painted at the start of Dumont’s career this beautiful painting depicts the bridge and the old mill at Vernon in Normandy. The Fauves’ influence is clearly seen by the short, staccato brushstrokes and warm, vibrant palette to depict the surrounding vegetation and old buildings giving a sense of vibrancy and life.

Dumont enjoyed relaxing in Vernon, a stone’s throw away from Giverny, the home of the Impressionist Claude Monet and of the Museum of Impressionism.

Provenance

With Galerie du Léthé, Paris.

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Biography

Pierre Dumont was born in 1884 in Paris and began practicing art at a young age, studying at the Lycée Comeille with Robert Antoine Pinchon and Marcel Duchamp. Like Monet and many other artists, Dumont often tried out new styles and moved on from fauvism early on in his career.

 

Pierre Dumont was a French painter from the Rouen School. At the age of 22 Dumont has already been given his first solo exhibition at Galerie Legrip where his worked focused on the vibrancy of the colourist movement. Following the success of this exhibition Dumont moved to Paris and in 1911 the Salon d’Automne accepted his work, gaining him a segment in the journal La Section d’Or. It was through this journal that Dumont was able to come into contact with other artists such as Apollinaire, Duchamp and Picabia. Additionally, it was through the contact with Apollinaire and his manifesto of ‘orphic Cubism’ that Dumont began to paint his cubist canvases.

 

Dumont founded the Groupe des XXX and along with the artists Robert Antoine Pinchon, Yvonne Barbier, and Eugene Tirvert founded the Société Normande de Peinture Moderne. Furthermore, Dumont played a crucial part in the organization of the Salon de la Section d’Or at the Galerie La Boetie in Paris, as he turned more towards Cubism.

 

During World War I, after the majority of artists had fled from Paris, Dumont remained. However, he left in 1920 for Normandy and spent the rest of his life there. Dumont was a highly accomplished artist who explored a number of various styles and subjects through painting.

 

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