Georges d’Espagnat was born on August 14, 1870 in Melun (Seine and Marne, France).
From the beginning of his career, Georges d’Espagnat had the desire to assert his originality.
He began his training in Paris, but quickly preferred to study and work alone with subjects of his choice. His subjects were still life, nudes, and small genre paintings. He went to the Louvre on a daily basis to study the proportions of the body and to seek out the work of painters he admired such as Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Delacroix. He will also take some classes on his free time at Montparnasse.
1893: exhibitions at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants and the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts
1898 to 1911: held several exhibitions at the Durand-Ruel Gallery (in Paris and New York)
1899 to 1901: has an exhibition at the Salon de la Livre Esthétique de Bruxelles
1900: meets Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, and Edouard Vuillard
His collaboration with Maurice Denis is the origin of the renewal of l’art sacré in France.
1903 to 1949: exhibition at the Salon d’Automne where he is one of the original founders
1904: exhibition at the Salon of the Sucession in Berlin
1918 to 1926: he will have an exhibition at the Bernheim Gallery in Paris
1934: he is named as professor at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Paris
1951: posthumous exhibition at the Salon d’Automne de Paris
He also belonged to the group of artist-illustrators who made the Courrier Français successful.
An artist at the crossroads between impressionist and fauvist tendencies, d’Espagnat was able to stand out from both movements by creating works with a free spirit governed by an explosion of colors.
This painting depicts two naked women being viewed from the back comfortably sitting in grass. They are washing themselves lasciviously in the shade of the lush vegetation during a beautiful summer day while admiring the ocean. The expressive colors and nature of the composition make us believe that the painting was painted before 1901 during the Fauvism period. D’Espagnat’s style is simple while having a wispy touch. The artist invites the spectator to experience the intimacy of the two young women and to admire the beauty of the countryside that is being offered. The gracefulness of the female body is accentuated in bright lighting which shows off all of the nuances. His pictorial language is similar to Vuillard and Bonnard.
Stuttgart, Kunsthaus Bülher, German and French paintings from the beginning of the 20th century, June-August 1997
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
Chicago, Art Institute
Brussels, Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts
Geneva, Petit Palais
Moscow, Musée Pouchkine
Tokyo, Musée national d’Art Occidental
E. Faure, G. Lecomte et J.D. Jacquemond « Georges d’Espagnat », La Bibliothèque des Arts, Paris.
Oil on canvas monogrammed bottom left
Price : on request
Price : on request
6 500 €