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Achille Laugé (1861-1944) - The Meadow, 1923
Achille Laugé (1861-1944) - The Meadow, 1923 - Paintings & Drawings Style
Ref : 75313
12 800 €
Period :
20th century
Artist :
Achille Laugé
Medium :
Pastel signed and dated bottom right
Dimensions :
l. 19.49 inch X H. 14.17 inch
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Achille Laugé (1861-1944) - The Meadow, 1923

Dimensions: H. 14.2 x W. 19.5 inches (With frame: H. 20.1 x W. 25.2 inches)

Achille Laugé is a neo impressionnist French painter, born in Arzens, which is near Carcassonne, on April 29, 1861.
In 1863, the Laugé family moves to Cailhau, which is in the region of Razès. It is in the nature around their family house in Cailhau that he finds the most inspiration for his subjects. After some schooling to become a pharmacist in Toulouse, Laugé enrolls in 1881 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris. There he meets Antoine Bourdelle and Henri Martin.
In 1882, he joins the studio of Cabanel and meets Aristide Maillol. His first entry to the Salon des Artistes Français of 1884 is of a portrait of Bourdelle. At the Salon des Indépendants of 1886, he is impressed and marked by the pointillist brushstrokes of Seurat, Signac, and Pissarro.

After 1898, he becomes specialized in landscape paintings of the nature surrounding Cailhau (where he has his house built). Laugé uses the the neo-impressionists’ technique of divisionism.

In 1905, to be able to paint in open air and physically be on the ground, he creates a “studio trailer”. From this point forward Laugé is freer. It can be seen in his paintings that he is less strict, uses a richer paint, and has thicker brushstrokes.

Achille Laugé dies in 1944 in Cailhau, which was the small village that was so dear to him.
Our painting is representative of the talent of this artist who mastered the technique of pastel perfectly. The colors are laid with great delicacy. The artist successfully mobilizes the entire color palette ranging from yellow to blue and all shades of green. By applying the division of light and according to the colors, he creates illusions of optics and obtains a remarkable lighting effect. Thus, the clearing in the center of the composition stands out in bright shades of green which makes all the more highlight the shadows of the tall trees that surround it. With light touches, the artist manages to represent a sky both pure and changing and to suggest the light movement of the wind in the trees.
It should be noted that our pastel is in a perfect state of conservation.

Paris, Musée d’Orsay
Carcassonne, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Toulouse, Musée des Augustins
Bayeux, Musée Baron Gérard

E. Bénézit « Dictionnaire des Peintres Sculpteurs
Dessinateurs et Graveurs », tome 8, pages 322-323.

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