The Haystacks, 1878

by Victor Vignon

£26,500

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 22.0 x 26.0 in./ 55.9 x 66.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

In this beautiful painting Victor Vignon has depicted a subject so loved by the Impressionists: the haystack. Here it is shown in the bright morning sun, the rays of light illuminating the bright green, yellows and blues of the surrounding countryside.

This work was painted in the 1870s when Vignon moved to Auvers-sur-Oise and associated with Camille Pissarro and his circle, which included Dr. Paul Gachet and Vincent Van Gogh. The artist became good friends with Van Gogh and Paul Gachet became one of his best customers.

Provenance

Private Collection, France

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Biography

Victor Vignon was a French Impressionist landscape painter, born in 1847 into an artistic family. Vignon had an early introduction to art as his mother was a sculptor who worked under the name ‘Claude Vignon’.

 

In the 1870s he met the artist Camille Pissarro, who introduced him to his circle in Auvers-sur-Oise. Vignon also became friends with Vincent Van Gogh in 1880 when he settled in L’lsle-Adam. It was during this time that Dr. Paul Gachet became one of Vignon’s best customers, helping to skyrocket Vignon’s reputation. However, at the fifth, sixth and seventh Impressionist Exhibitions Vignon was publically criticized by Claude Monet for his sharp outlines, which Monet believed not to be truly impressionistic. The critics Roger Marx and Felix Feneon echoed this criticism in the 1890s, stating that Vignon’s work was closer resembled to old Dutch Masters than the Impressionists. Consequently, due to this criticism Vignon’s work was rejected from several exhibitions, including the Salon.

 

However, Vignon was able to exhibit his work in the Éxposition Universelle in 1900 and three years later Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Durand-Ruel organized a retrospective of his work. Following the death of Victor Vignon in 1909, Renoir and Julie Manet-Rouart organized another exhibition to celebrate his life’s work.

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