"The fisherman's boat"
Oil on canvas signed lower left
Dimensions: H. 44 x W. 55 cm (with frame: H. 65 x W. 75 cm)
Paul-Désiré Trouillebert was born in 1829 in Paris.
He is one of the greatest outdoor landscapers of the French 19th century. He is the artist closest to Corot both by the style of his painting and by the friendly relations the two painters maintained throughout their lives.
Trouillebert is attached to the school of Barbizon by his predilection for the motive of the 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 traveled a lot in France, especially in Brittany, the Loire and on the banks of the Seine. He joined the movement of traditionalist outdoor painters, as he affirmed in an interview with a journalist from L'Echo de Paris in 1890: "I only work from nature, I do not accept the study copied in the studio. »
Our painting is one of the most remarkable works of the artist. The composition is perfectly balanced, with on the left, a diagonal drawn by the trees leading to a successful vanishing point. This gives a beautiful depth to the painting and lets us guess a more important watercourse in the background. The painting gives a large space to the sky and the water, while depicting a fisherman rowing on his boat, the banks of the Loire River and many trees. The sky is beautifully rendered with moving clouds in a bright blue sky. One will note the richness of the palette of blues mobilized by the artist in the treatment of the sky. In the front, small white touches in a multitude of greens and greys, come to underline the reflections of the sky on the water. The transparency effects give the birch trees a particular vibration thanks to the ochre preparation typical of Trouillebert. This work is very complete, combining the finesse of the drawing and the strength of the material. Still on its original canvas, it is in a very good state of conservation. Finally, the painting is in a beautiful wood carved Louis XV style frame.
Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Paris, Petit Palais
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Baltimore, Walters Art Museum
Cleveland, Museum of Art
Saint Petersburg, Hermitage Museum
Valparaiso, Fine Arts Museum
18 000 €