Dimensions: H. 21.6 x L. 14.9 inches (with frame: H. 31.1 x L. 24.4 inches)
Paul-Désiré Trouillebert was born in 1829 in Paris.
He is one of the greatest outdoor landscape painters of the 19th century in France. He is the artist closest to Corot both in the style of his painting and in the friendly relations the two painters maintained throughout their lives.
Although Trouillebert does not belong to the Barbizon school, he can be linked to it for his predilection for the motif of landscape as well as for his style. He trained with the renowned portrait painter Ernest Hébert (1817-1908) and in the studio of Charles-François Jalabert (1819-1901). It is firstly for his portraits and nudes that Trouillebert is noticed: the portrait of Mademoiselle A. allows him to be accepted at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1865, where he will exhibit until 1884.
Trouillebert travelled a lot in France, especially in Brittany, the Loire and on the banks of the Seine. The artist also had a passion for fishing, which explains the importance of this subject in his works. He was a member of the traditionalist outdoor painters' movement, as he stated in an interview with a journalist from L'Echo de Paris in 1890: "I only work from nature, I do not admit the study copied in the studio. »
With a rather large vertical format, our painting is one of the artist's rarest and most remarkable works. The diagonal composition is particularly successful. It gives a large space to the sky and the water, while allowing the artist to stage his favorite subject, a fisherman on the Loire River near large trees. The sky is beautifully rendered with moving clouds in a blue sky. At the front, small white and red touches in a multitude of greens light up a dense vegetation. We find the typical transparency effects of Trouillebert which give the birch trees this particular vibration. In this painting, the pictorial material is thicker than usual. The artist has worked a lot on colours and transparencies to achieve an outstanding result, combining the finesse of the drawing and the strength of the material. Still on its original canvas, the painting is in a good state of conservation, and is presented in a superb gilded wood and stucco frame, most certainly original, and perfectly restored.
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.
Price : on request
2 300 €