Offered by Galerie Delvaille
French furniture of the 18th century & French figurative paintings
Oil on mahogany panel
Signed lower left
36cm x 26cm
With its original frame : 62cm x 52cm
Henriette Hermine GUDIN is the daughter of the painter Théodore Gudin (1802-1880). Like her father, she was part of the French romantic movement, carried by Chateaubriand, Madame de Staël, and Victor Hugo. It is the cult of the feeling, often lyric, which dominates. The leader of French Romanticism in the pictorial field is Eugène Delacroix.
Henriette Gudin was a great draughtswoman and dedicated her painting entirely to maritime scenes, a subject of which she was one of the best representatives of the Second Empire. From her classical training she retains extremely studied compositions, meticulous preparations on beautiful wooden supports, and a remarkable glazing technique. Henriette Gudin however frees herself from this classicism with a quick and lively touch. Her painting was quickly noticed and many museums preserve her works, as in the Calvet Museum in Avignon, in the Fine Arts museums of Blois, Brest, Bourges, Rennes, etc...
Our painting is part of the early works of Henriette Gudin. This marine, still romantic, is much rarer than the pairs of small formats that she produced in large numbers and which constitute the bulk of the works that we usually find. The condition of this painting, painted on a beautiful mahogany panel, is absolutely perfect. The quality and the condition of the wooden frame and the gilded stucco frame are also noteworthy.