Rivière Provençale

by Henri Aurrens

£18,500 £15,725

Louis Henri Joseph Aurrens was a French painter, illustrator and caricaturist. Aurrens’ is best known for his paintings later in life of the surrounding landscapes in Marseille, his hometown. He was adept in pointillism, yet made it his own; a kind of controlled abandonment gives a charm to his free, fine and personal interpretation of luminist doctrines. His work is notable for his characteristic use of the colour pink, tinging the scenes with a rosy nostalgia, as we see in this beautiful landscape, Rivière Provençale, depicting a river running next to a bank where Aurrens has used vibrant colours of green and pink.

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.0 x 29.0 ins/ 61.0 x 73.7 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘H. Aurrens’ (lower right)

Louis Henri Joseph Aurrens was a French painter, illustrator and caricaturist. Aurrens’ is best known for his paintings later in life of the surrounding landscapes in Marseille, his hometown. He was adept in pointillism, yet made it his own; a kind of controlled abandonment gives a charm to his free, fine and personal interpretation of luminist doctrines. His work is notable for his characteristic use of the colour pink, tinging the scenes with a rosy nostalgia.

Aurrens sometimes exhibited in Marseille, rarely in Paris where one of his paintings is exhibited at the Salon d’Automne. Pointillism was an artistic movement of painting and a pictorial technique that used small round or square touches of colour juxtaposed rather than mixtures of coloured pastes. Dot painting had been known since at least the sixteenth century; Georges Seurat in the 1880s made a system of it, which critics have designated, rather pejoratively, as pointillism. Paul Signac theorized it under the name of “divisionism.”

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Henri Aurrens was born in Marseille in 1873, and moved to Paris in later life to pursue a creative career. He made his living there by illustrating postcards and as a caricaturist for magazines. Upon returning to his hometown however he transitioned into pointillist painting, largely of the surrounding landscapes. His work is notable for his characteristic use of the colour pink, tinging the scenes with a rosy nostalgia.

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