"At the coffee shop terrace, Zurich", dated 1908
Oil on canvas, dated, signed and located "Poetzsch ,Zurich, April 1908"
Dimensions: 50 x 65 cm; with frame 68 x 83 cm.
Gustave Poetzsch painted this coffee shop terrace in front of Grössmünster Cathedral, Zurich, in April 1908. His brushstroke is removed; this spring day has a quiet atmosphere and gives light to the scene. The subject is appreciated by the Impressionists: urban views and coffee terraces, where elegant and dressed up people are sitting, are part of their favourite subjects. The painter places his easel on the terrace and invites the spectator to sit down next to them to observe the centuries-old monuments and the flow of life’s river.
Born in Neufchatel, Switzerland, the painter started his painting studies very young . He went to Paris, the Paris of the Belle Epoque in 1892 and attended the courses of the Julian Academy, then studied at the School of Fine Arts. He spent five years in the studio of Luc Olivier Merson before joining that of Gustave Moreau, attended at the same time by Matisse and Camoin.
Poetzsch practices landscape painting in relation to his places of residence and peregrination: Switzerland, its mountains and lakes, Paris, the banks of the Seine, Brittany, the » bassin d’Arcachon » and Auvergne. He also one of the representative of « La Belle Epoque ».
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