Oil on mahogany panel.
Signed and signed "to Mr. Salasc" at the bottom right.
Dimensions of 26 x 41 cm, with frame 46.5 x 61 cm.
If we know solemn and pompous painters, who favor subjects of history, hunting and myths, Jean Pezous, meanwhile, is a painter of the bourgeois peacefulness and the country life. He has painted popular subjects (like the Harlequin theme and musette balls…), ‘‘Le Jeu du Tonneau’’ is one of them. The outside scene takes place in front of an inn. People are sitting at tables, a waitress is busy on the doorstep, a child is playing. Young people are gathered in the friendly atmosphere of the game. They enjoy ‘‘le jeu du tonneau’’ (‘‘game of the barrel’’). The goal of the game is to score the maximum points by throwing eight discs (or stone), in the holes of the game board. Each corresponds to a locker with a number of points.
The sensitive character of the painter is shown through the subject of the friendliness and the pleasantness. The artist nuances the tones, his palette is delicate. He suggests light by spontaneous brushstrokes.
Jean Pezous was born in Toulon. He entered the Marine workshop led by Sénéquier at the age of fifteen and received the teaching of Courdouan and made his first landscapes. He arrived in Paris in 1933 thanks to his protector Mr. Dupont, a notable and patron of the town. He studied at the Beaux-Arts of Paris at the Orsel’s workshop. The following year, Dupont reminds the painter of his hometown to perform two paintings. He returned to Paris after his short stay in Toulon in 1934. He lost his parents at the age of twenty and did not return to the South of France after their death.
The painter settled in Sologne after 1848. His contemplative approach led him to paint landscapes as Corot (1796-1875) who taught him between 1870 and 1874. Focused on the feeling of painting rather than market value of art, the artist, compared to the famous Meissonier (1915-1898) during his lifetime, is seeking for poetry. An old story told that his free mind prevented him from giving a price for one of his painting that the director of the Salon was interested in.
. Lydia Harambourg, Dictionary of French landscape painters of the nineteenth century, Neuchâtel, ed. Ides et Calendes, 1985, p. 282.
. Gérard Schurr, Pierre Cabane, Dictionary of Small Masters of Painting, 1820-1920, t. II, Paris, Editions of the amateur, 1996, p. 288-289.
. Portrait of Debureau mime, Carnavalet museum, Paris.
. Exhibited at the Museum of Toulon and the Augustinian Museum of Toulouse.
. Painting of one of the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette church, Paris.
7 000 €