DETROY Léon ( 1857 / 1955 )
Oil on canvas signed lower right.
28,1 / 20,8 in
Certificate of authenticity and inclusion in the catalog raisonné in preparation.
Museums : Châteauroux.
Literature : Bénézit, Dictionary of small masters of painting by Gérald Schurr and Pierre Cabanne, The school of Crozant the painters of Creuse and Gargilesse Christophe Ramex. Léon Detroy Major works, Gargilesse.
Léon Détroy ( 1857 / 1955 )
Born in Chinon ( Indre et Loire ) in 1859, son of a father doctor who did not contradict his artistic vocation, Léon Detroy was in the 80s student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the workshop of a famous master, the painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Very quickly influenced by landscape painters of the nineteenth century wanting to practice his art in Nature and not in the studio, he left for Gargilesse follow in the footsteps of George Sand and his novel "Walks around a village." Friend of the poet Maurice Rollinat, he meets Claude Monet at Fresselines. Renting a house in Gargilesse that he will buy in 1912 and live until his death, he will not stop traveling in North Africa and Normandy. But Leo Detroy is essentially the painter of the Creuse. Classified among post-impressionist painters, he was always faithful to the Creuse Valley with its changing landscapes with rich shades. These enchanting places inspired him his best paintings. His work of a very diverse style is recognized but deserves no doubt a greater renown equal to that of Armand Guillaumin.
He never gives his landscapes with raw tones, melancholic lights, strange frames. Taste of eternity in this bear with the long beard of hermit? Neither impressionist nor fawn, enemy of socialities and art fairs, Léon Detroy remains as little known as his work, all together classical and modern. Born in a cultured bourgeois family, this "Ravel of painting" settles as soon as he leaves the Parisian Fine Arts in the Creuse Valley, where the landscape is already flourishing, including Monet, who becomes his friend. If he likes to travel from Côte d'Azur to North Africa, Detroy is haunted by the sad and serious horizons of Bas-Berry. Views of the Creuse always recommenced, trees and fields, houses and villages: the artist moved to Gargilesse, where George Sand had his "house of the fields" Detroy died at 97, continuing to paint flowers and fruits when he could no longer work outdoors in this wizarding country that loved him so much.He dies almost centenarian in 1955, he is buried in Gargilesse.
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