Les Pommiers, 1929

by Gustave Cariot

£32,500

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 19.75 x 25.75 in./ 50.2 x 65.4 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 4299 Categories: ,

Les Pommiers is a beautiful depiction of a rural idyll by the French Master, Gustave Cariot. The vibrant colouration in this piece and the exaggerated brushwork shows how Cariot was influenced by Pointillism, yet remained distinct from it, creating his own unique style. Namely, the use of short brushstrokes instead of dots in Les Pommiers is characteristic of his technique.

Cariot’s contrasting of the strong greens, oranges and yellows in the foreground with the cool, muted blues and purples of the background emphasise the vastness of the depicted landscape. The greatness of nature is further accentuated by the sole anonymous figure walking down the path. However, the central focus of the painting is the tree, rather than the figure, as the title suggests. The tree unifies the composition in its juxtaposition of colours. Notably, the darkness of the bark next to the delicate pink and green leaves lends the landscape a majestic quality.

The presence of a sole figure lends narrative to the composition, inviting the viewer to question where this figure is going or what he or she is leaving behind. Heading into the distance, the figure leaves the viewer to question what lies at the other end of the road.

Provenance

Private Collection, California;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

Gustave Cariot was a French painter, born in the Marais district of Paris in 1872 and who was known for his individual post-impressionist style.  As a child, Cariot showed natural artistic talent and was determined to purse his art career, defying his father’s expectations. Cariot began to exhibit at major Parisian exhibitions after joining the Societe des Artistes Independants, including the Salon Nationale des Beaux Arts, the Salon D’Hiver and the Salon D’Automne. Known for his landscapes, Cariot’s paintings exemplify his unique use of vivid colours to portray light.

 

 

 

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