Eugene Isabey (1804-1886) signed-Marine and animated maritime landscape.
Canvas of 98 cm by 83 cm.
Beautiful frame of 122 cm by 107 cm.
Another (smaller) version of this important and beautiful painting was sold on April 30, 2019 by Christies in New York for € 16,700 (fisherman's village-lot 17 illustrated on page 34 of the European art catalog)
Eugene Isabey (1804-1886)
Son of Jean-Baptiste Isabey, Eugène Isabey was forced by his father to embark on a career as a painter. He seeks his inspiration in the sites and regions that his travels have led him to visit: Normandy (where he often returns), Brittany, Auvergne, the south of France, Algeria (he accompanies the 'expedition of Algiers as official painter), Holland and England.
He started at the Salon of 1824 with marines, a genre he particularly liked (ports, beach scenes, storms at sea, fishing scenes), and where the best of his production was found.
In his paintings, we note the influence received from English landscapers, and more precisely from Bonington. Isabey learned from it the play of blonde half-tones and subtle grays giving rise to a pearly light (the Wooden Bridge, Louvre), often adding to these calm movements the prevalence of a romantic temperament (the Port of Dieppe , 1842, Musée de Nancy) and sometimes rising to a pathetic grandeur (Embarquement des Cendres à Sainte-Hélène, 1842, Versailles).
But it also takes from him the taste for intimism (Madame Isabey and her daughter, Paris, Carnavalet museum) and especially that of genre scenes located in past centuries.
Treated with oil or gouache with a meticulous brush, these scenes evoke Dutch paintings from the 17th century, whose composition and decorations they often reproduce (Un mariage à Delft, 1847, Louvre).
By the diversity of her art and her means of expression, Isabey has an important place among the romantic masters. By the direct influence exerted on Boudin and on Jongkind, to whom he taught to translate the luminosity of the atmosphere, it constitutes one of the main links connecting the school of the landscape painters of 1830 to Impressionism.
Many museums keep his works: Amiens, Béziers, Caen, Dieppe, Honfleur, Laval, Le Havre, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Perpignan, Reims, Toulouse, Paris (Musée d'Orsay).