Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) Paysage en Normandie

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Lot 24*
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) Paysage en Normandie

Sold for £ 11,750 (US$ 16,263) inc. premium
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952)
signed with initials lr, oil on canvas

40 x 65cm. (15 3/4 x 25 5/8in.)

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    Docteur Jean Valtat, Louis Valtat - Catalogue de l'oeuvre peint, Neuchatel: Editions ides et calendes, Vol.I, no.998, p.110, illus. b/w

    Between 1895 and 1898, the painting of Louis Valtat underwent considerable transformation. The carefully light touches of the brush, developed along the lines of the Impressionist painters, gave way to longer and more defined strokes on the canvas. In addition, Valtat added a strong linear contour to the forms and objects he depicted, an effect reminiscent of the Cloisonnisme technique formulated ten years earlier by Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. These new developments helped the artist seize a more durable impression of the landscape, as its fields and trees, mountains and village houses became more obviously defined. By 1912, Valtat had also mastered his palette of colours. Openly inspired by the group of Fauve artists after their 1905 exhibition, Valtat opted for equally bold colourings, bringing primary and secondary into new juxtapositions. However, Valtat's sensitive personality never adopted the more aggressive stance towards contemporary art of Henri Matisse, Maurice Vlaminck or Andre Derain, and his painting remained at once vibrant and harmonious.

    The present landscape brings a fine example to view as Paysage en Normandie sets in place the peacefulness of a village orchard before the cultivated fields and receding hills, seen in the background. It is with strong colours that Valtat choses to define the contours of each form - whether natural or structural - allowing colour to shape the desired elements - a tree, a building, a hill. The overall impression is certainly not that of a fleeting Nature, but of the immutability of Nature's own cultivated presence.
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