KER XAVIER ROUSSEL (1867-1944) La plage des Graniers 16 1/8 x 24 3/4in. (41 x 62.9cm)

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KER XAVIER ROUSSEL
(1867-1944)
La plage des Graniers 16 1/8 x 24 3/4in. (41 x 62.9cm)

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 12,000 - 16,000
KER XAVIER ROUSSEL (1867-1944)
La plage des Graniers
signed and dated 'KX Roussel 1904' (lower left)
oil on panel
16 1/8 x 24 3/4in. (41 x 62.9cm)
Painted in 1904

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Estate of the artist.
    Jacques Salomon, Paris, by descent from the above by 1961.
    Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.

    EXHIBITED
    Paris, Galerie de Paris, Les Amis de Saint-Tropez, 2 May - 10 June 1961.
    New York, Jill Newhouse Gallery, Bonnard, Roussel, Vuillard: Paintings and Drawings, May 2010, pp. 50-51, no. 19.

    The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Monsieur Nicolas Langlois. The work will be included in the catalogue raisonné currently in preparation.

    Ker-Xavier Roussel was a founding member of the brotherhood of Neo-Impressionist painters that became known as the Nabis. At fifteen he attended the Lycee Condorcet, where he first became close friends with Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. Together they went on to attend the Académie Julian, an alternative to the still strictly traditional Ecole des Beaux Arts. At the Académie, Roussel and his fellow Nabis, or "prophets", formulated their artistic vision, inspired by the symbolist Cloissonism developed by Gauguin and Sérusier. Roussel also worked closely with the artists and intellectuals behind the ground-breaking journal La Revue Blanche, and further tied himself into the already intimate Nabi band by marrying Vuillard's sister Marie in 1893.

    During this period Roussel's painting was characterized by the flattend shapes and strong, sometimes strident colors so typical of the group. His work had a balanced decorative quality which was a reflection of the influence of Japanese woodcuts and the development of the color lithograph on the art of many Neo-Impressionists during this period.

    Roussel's work changed noticeably, however, when he travelled to the French Riviera, most markedly after visiting Cézanne at Aix-en-Provence and Signac at Saint-Tropez. The Mediterranean sunlight and the soft tones of the Mediterranean coast had a profound effect on the artist. In La plage des Graniers, painted in 1904, we see the growing influence that Southern artists such as Matisse, Cézanne and Henri-Edmond Cross had on Roussel, at that time still a very northern, urban, and Synthetist painter. The date of La plage des Graniers places it among the earliest works in what was to become the major thrust of Roussel's post-Nabi oeuvre, and provides a fascinating glimpse of the development of the artist at a crossroads in his career.
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