This pastel, dated around 1894, represents the artist's daughters.
Guillaumin (1841-1927) gives us here a very intimate scene
In the daily "Le Voltaire" to which Emile Zola collaborated, he wrote on June 18, 1880 a paper entitled: naturalism at the Salon.
"I now come to the influence that the Impressionists have at this moment on our French school.This influence is considerable.And I use this word here as" impressionist ", because we must have a label to designate the a group of young artists who, following Courbet and our great landscape painters, devoted themselves to the study of nature, otherwise this word seems to me narrow in itself and does not mean much. a master worker who has left imperishable works, where nature comes back with extraordinary power.But behind him, the movement continued, as it continues in literature, behind
Stendhal, Balzac and Flaubert. Artists have come who, without certainly having the solidity and the beauty of execution of Courbet, have widened the formula, by making a more in depth study of the light, by banishing still more the recipes of school. Basically, as a painter, Courbet is a magnificent classic, which remains in the wider tradition of Titian, Veronese and Rembrandt. The true revolutionaries of form appear with M. Edouard Manet, with the impressionists, MM. Claude Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Guillaumin, and others. They propose to leave the workshop where the painters have slammed themselves for so many centuries, and go paint in the open air, a simple fact whose consequences are considerable. In the open air, light is no longer unique, and there are multiple effects that radically diversify and transform the aspects of things and beings. This study of light in its thousand decompositions and recompositions is what is more or less properly called Impressionism, because a painting becomes the impression of a moment experienced before nature. "
This pastel will be reproduced in the second volume of the catalogue raisonné Armand Guillaumin currently being prepared by the Comité Guillaumin.
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