Dimensions: H. 25.6 x W. 32.3 inches (With frame: H. 36.6 x W. 42 inches)
Paul-Désiré Trouillebert was born in 1829 in Paris.
He is one of the most well-known French open-air landscape painters of the 19th century. He is the artist that stylistically is the most similar to Corot. Both artists had a friendship that they maintained throughout their lives.
Although Trouillebert was not part of the école de Barbizon, he can be associated with it because of his predilection for landscapes as well as his artistic style. He trained with the famous portraitist Ernest Hébert (1817-1908), and in the studio of Charles-François Jalabert (1819-1901).
Trouillebert’s portraits and nudes are what get him noticed. His portrait of Mademoiselle A. allows him to be accepted to the Salon des Artistes Français in 1865, where he exhibits until 1884.
Trouillebert traveled a great deal in France, particularly in Brittany, the Loire, and on the banks of the Seine. He also had a passion for fishing, which explains the setting of his compositions. He joined the traditionalist open-air painter’s movement and says in an interview to a journalist of L’Echo magazine of Paris in 1890, “I only work with nature, and I condone the act of recopying artwork in a studio.”
Of a large format, our painting is one of Trouillebert’s most beautiful paintings. Fishermen are a subject that he particularly liked to paint. Seen in our painting is plaice fishing, which is very rarely depicted in art. The water is the main element of the composition and it orients the viewer’s eye to the perspective. The sky is beautifully rendered with moving clouds and the blue sky peeking through. His use of ochre pigment, which is a distinctive mark of the artist, allows him to create effects with transparency which gives the trees and shrubs a particular vibrancy.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
Paris, Petit Palais
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Baltimore, Walters Art Museum
Cleveland, Museum of Art
Saint Petersburg, Hermitage Museum
Valparaiso, Fine Arts Museum
« Paul Désiré Trouillebert (1829-1900) » par Claude Marumo, Thomas Maier et Bend Müllerschon.
Price : on request