Offered by Galerie Delvaille
French furniture of the 18th century & French figurative paintings
Oil on canvas signed lower right
Dimensions : H. 73 x W. 60 cm (with frame : H. 91 x W.77 cm)
Original canvas and structure - Perfect condition
ancient gilded wood frame
At the end of the 19th century, Henri Ottmann studied in Paris at the
the "Académie Julian". At the age of 21, he was one of the founders of the "Atelier Libre Labeur pour Artistes Peintres", in Brussels. In 1903, he exhibited three station views (wind, frost, fog) in "La Libre Esthétique", including "Vue de la gare du Luxembourg à Bruxelles" (View of the Luxembourg Station in Brussels) acquired by the Musée d'Orsay (Paris) in 1989.
A great admirer of Renoir, Ottmann quickly learned the lessons of Impressionism to draw his inspiration in the early years of the 20th century from the "Fauve" movement. He then moved to Montmartre and from 1905 participated in the "Salon des indépendants", the "Salon d'automne", the "Salon de la Société nationale des beaux-arts", and the "Salon des Tuileries". Before the First World War, Ottmann painted landscapes and still lifes whose radicalness is reminiscent of Cézanne. Nudes in the open air are also, for this extraordinary artist, an important and varied source of inspiration: While their aesthetics are more postimpressionist, the painting "Sleeping Courtesan" preserved in Paris at the "Georges Pompidou" Center, is a pure academic masterpiece that shows the immense talent of this painter. In the exhibition entitled "Plural Modernities at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris from 2013 to 2015", this nude was considered by the curators to be at the crossroads of Alexandre Cabanel's Birth of Venus and Raphael's nudes, whose lines Ingres had long observed.
2 500 €