Henri Regnault (1843-1871) -Orientalist school-animated scene in front of a fortress in North Africa
Canvas 62 cm by 40 cm
76 cm by 54 cm frame
Superb orientalist school attributed to Henri Régnault (traces of signature lower right)
Henri Regnault (1843-1871)
Son of the chemist Victor Régnault, Grand Prix de Rome in 1866, he was noticed from his first works with in particular his mastery of warm and vibrant colors, his dramatic sense and the vigor of his achievements. He caused a sensation at the Salon of 1869 with a painting that can be admired today at the Musée d'Orsay (General Prim arrives in Madrid with the Spanish revolutionary army).
His many stays in Spain and Morocco confirm his taste for color. (Hatred for gray, that is my battle cry, he wrote to Mallarmé).
This realist, nourished by romantic fevers, with a passionate temperament, left a varied work interrupted too soon by his tragic death at the age of 28 on the battlefield of the war of 1870. We will remember superb landscapes of Spain and the Maghreb in powerful contrasts of shadow and sunlight (street scene in southern Spain - Saint-Cloud museum), with brilliant harmonies (Patio in Tangier - Guézireh Egypt museum), episodes taken from life (a stopover in the desert -musée Grobert Labadié-Marseille), as well as portrait studies of Spanish and Moroccan types with a strong intensity of expression.
Apart from the museums mentioned, the museums of Boston, New York (Metropoleum Museum), Angers, Béziers, Calais, Rouen ... exhibit his works.