Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) -Landscape of the Burgundy countryside around 1880.
Canvas stretched 83 cm by 62 cm.
Beautiful carved wooden frame of 100 cm by 80 cm.
Estimated by Christies London between 15000 and 20000 €
Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916)
One of the French landscape masters in the nineteenth.
"Michel Ange du sous-bois" as Anatole France liked to call it.
Henri Joseph Harpignies knew how to portray without ever falling into the ease, the forests, the cities, the rivers, the sea with poetry and a great force of expression.
He was known and recognized during his lifetime, decorated many times by his peers and his country. Today it is exposed to landscape lovers in many museums around the world.
Harpignies was born in 1819 in Valenciennes, he was first of all a commercial traveler but his taste for painting decided him to devote himself to Art at the age of twenty-seven. He took lessons with the landscape painter Achard with whom he toured France in 1838 while painting and watercolors on nature.
After a study trip to Italy, he begins at the 1853 Salon with a view of Capri. He consciously studied the landscapers of 1830 and especially Corot which he inspired very widely. He made a second trip to Italy from 1863 to 1865 during which he painted many works.
Unlike many landscapers it does not take pleasure in ease by painting the same sites. One has the pleasure to admire at the same time its landscapes of forest but also cities, rivers, the sea ... One agrees to recognize that it translated with particular happiness of the undergrowth.
He paints without philosophical or metaphysical ulterior motives, he paints what he sees without forgetting to add a touch of poetry. Sometimes he takes notes to perform works in the studio.
His art, dense and precise, knows how to express the characters of the places where he plants his easel, whether it is the Roman countryside, the valleys of the Nièvre, the Mediterranean coast or Burgundy where he resides from 1878.