DETROY Léon ( 1857 / 1955 )
Valley of the Creuse.
Oil on canvas signed lower right.
21,2 / 25,6 in
Museums : Châteauroux .
The same painting is reproduced in the book of The school of Crozant by Christophe Ramex page 97.
Having made friends in 1889 with Claude Monet, Detroy uses its technique, but quickly adds it the fauve discoveries, to create finally its own technique.
Literature : Bénézit , Dictionnaire des petits maîtres de la peinture par Gérald Schurr et Pierre Cabanne , Crozant School les peintres de La Creuse et de Gargilesse par Christophe Ramex . Léon Detroy Oeuvres majeures , Gargilesse .
Leon Detroy 1857-1955. Born in Chinon, friend of Monet, Guillaumin and Lebourg, Léon Detroy was one of the leading painters of the “Ecole de Crozant”, a movement referring to the painters of the Creuse Valley who took inspiration from the dramatic landscape. Detroy was noted for his impressionistic style and bold use of colour, indeed, the colours of this fine example of his work appear remarkably fresh and contemporary today.
In the 1890s he set up his studio at Gargilesse in the Creuse, devoting is life to his painting and distancing himself from the Parisian world while keeping abreast of the new techniques such as "Pointillisme" introduced by the finest artists of the time and which he adapted to his own taste.
As with all great Frenchmen, he has a street named after him – at Fresselines.
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