Paul-Désiré Trouillebert was born in 1829 in Paris.
He is one of the greatest French open-air landscape painters of the 19th century. Landscape paintings represent more than half of all of his artwork. He also painted portraits, nudes, still life, and genre scenes.
Even though Trouillebert is not part of the Ecole de Barbizon and he paints independently, he can be associated with it because of his predilection for landscapes as well as having his style influenced by Corot. Corot was the founder of the Ecole de Barbizon. It is primarily thanks to his portraits and nudes that Trouillebert gets noticed. His portrait, Mademoiselle A., permits him to be accepted to the Salon des Artistes Français in 1865, where he will exhibit until 1884.
Trouillebert traveled a lot throughout France including Sarthe, Limousin, Loire, the banks of the Seine, and especially Brittany. Trouillebert also had a deep passion for fishing, which explains the special place occupied by this subject in his paintings.
Trouillebert joins the traditional open-air painter’s movement and says this to a journalist from the magazine L’Echo of Paris in 1890, “I only work with nature, and I do not accept the act of copying artwork in a studio.”
Our painting is a sweet and romantic representation of the Saumur region. The composition is divided by a large diagonal. On one side, the lush vegetation is rendered by a variety of green tones. On the other side, the sky and the river with soft blue tones offer a wonderful contrast. Trouillebert works here using tender greens; infinitely subtle nuances give the trees that "vibration" specific to the artist, and allow the juxtaposition of different planes. With a vigorous and slightly imbued touch, he naturistically renders the movement of clouds in the sky. At the same time, his fine touch with delicate nuances reproduces the shivering aspect of the trees. This work conveys the emotions of a nature lover.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
Paris, Petit Palais
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Baltimore, Walters Art Museum
Cleveland, Museum of Art
Saint-Petersbourg, Musée de l’Hermitage
Valparaiso, Fine Arts Museum
« Paul Désiré Trouillebert (1829-1900) » par Claude Marumo, Thomas Maier et Bend Müllerschon.
12 900 €