" The edge of the wood "
Oil on canvas signed and dated 1894 lower right
Dimensions: H. 48 x W. 73 cm (with frame: H. 68 x W. 93 cm)
At the Paris School of Fine Arts, Emmanuel Damoye benefited from the teaching of the greatest painters of the time, Corot, Daubigny and Bonnat. From his classical training Damoye kept a remarkable drawing technique. He will not escape the call of Impressionism even if he keeps his distance from this dissident movement to exhibit at official exhibitions where his works were rewarded on many occasions. In 1889, he was awarded a gold medal at the World's Fair, and in 1893 he received the Legion of Honor.
In 1890, he founded the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts with other artists and became a member of the committee of this important artistic group.
Through its rivers, marshes and forests, the whole atmosphere of the painters of Barbizon can be found. His canvases, respectful of the canons of composition, often taking up the same theme, show with evidence the sincerity of his emotion in front of nature. He uses a particularly successful lighting.
His works are present in many museums including Arras, Antwerp, Dunkirk, Perigueux, Paris...
Our painting is a rare and particularly successful work by Emmanuel Damoye. Realized in 1894, it is a beautiful period when Damoye still very young, realizes compositions excavated with a light and transparent touch. Damoye left us a lot of views of plains, a little empty, with only heather vegetation that he liked to paint. Here, the composition is an abundance of trees and foliage through which the light pierces and lets us see a radiant summer sky. Behind the undergrowth where the painter placed himself, a sunny plain is animated by a cart and a haystack.