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Pierre-Eugène Montézin (1874-1946) - The Port of Saint-Mammès
Pierre-Eugène Montézin (1874-1946) - The Port of Saint-Mammès - Paintings & Drawings Style
Ref : 72207
5 800 €
Period :
20th century
Artist :
Pierre-Eugène Montézin (1874-1946)
Provenance :
Medium :
Gouache on cardboard signed bottom left
Dimensions :
l. 24.02 inch X H. 16.93 inch
Paintings & Drawings  - Pierre-Eugène Montézin (1874-1946) - The Port of Saint-Mammès
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Pierre-Eugène Montézin (1874-1946) - The Port of Saint-Mammès

French School
Dimensions: H. 17 x W. 24 inches (With frame: H. 18.8 x W. 25.6 inches)
Provenance: Galerie Raphaël Gérard (Paris, France)
Exhibition Montézin, #28, Le Port de St-Mammès, May 15-29, 1943

Pierre-Eugène Montézin was born in Paris in 1874. He was an extraordinary self-taught artist that was not affiliated with any workshop and a visionary neo-impressionist painter.
At the time, his modern touch did not correspond with what the academy deemed respectable. At the age of 19, he decided to present some artworks at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris. He was denied access to the Salon in which this continued for an additional ten years. However, Montézin did not give up. With his strong tenacity and perseverance, the Salon finally opened up its doors to him in 1903. In 1907, he gets the 3ème classe medal, as well as the gold medal of the 2ème classe in 1910, the Prix Rosa Bonheur in 1920, the médaille d’honneur in 1932, etc.

After the war, Montézin’s talent is recognized by the greatest Parisian galleries who end up organizing exhibitions of his artwork: Galerie Georges Petit in 1922, Galerie du Journal on avenue des Champs-Elysées in 1936, Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1938, and Galerie Raphaël Gérard in 1943.

Aside from his paintings, Pierre Eugène Montézin received many awards in his commitment to everything he undertook: he won the Médaille Militaire in 1918, Officier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1933, unanimously elected as President of the Jury des Artistes Français, elected member of the Institut de France at the académie des Beaux-Arts replacing the seat of Edouard Vuillard in 1941, etc.

In 1946, Montézin leaves for Brittany. While he was on his way to Moëlan-sur-Mer to paint in open air, he dies at the age of 72 with his paintings and box of paints attached to his back.

Paris, Petit Palais Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts Lille, Petit Palais Roubaix, Musée d’Art et d’Industrie Rouen, Hôtel de Ville

Bénézit, Gründ édition, Tome 9, p. 783-784.

Our gouache represents the Port of Saint-Mammès, which is a seaside town at the confluence of the Seine and the Loing. It is also where Alfred Sisley would get inspired. The composition was painted before World War I. During this time, Montézin’s talent peaked and his artworks were marked with a spontaneous and modern touch. This gouache was featured in an exhibition that was devoted to Montézin in 1943 in the famous art gallery of Raphaël Gérard. Our gouache shows the remarkable ability of Pierre-Eugène Montézin to be able to account for the light coming from the Ile de France, the reflection of the sky in the river, and how the sun plays with all the house façades.

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