Oil on board signed lower left
Dimensions : Height 60 x Width 73 cm (With frame : 74cm x 87cm)
This painting is reproduced in the reference book of the painter:
"Victor Charreton, Vie et Œuvre" by Robert Chatin, 1995
n° 988 page 480
Victor Charreton was born in 1864 in « Isère ». After studying law in Grenoble, he decided in 1902 to devote himself to his passion, painting. He moved to Paris, and until 1913 undertook numerous trips to capture the light of very different landscapes, from Algeria to Holland, through Spain, England and Belgium.
Charreton is a self-taught painter and modernist. His art is unique, unclassifiable. He developed his own techniques and his own supports. In his landscapes, the color dominates the drawing which is quickly sketched with a pencil on the bare bord or canvas. He painted on the ground, without preparation, and practiced painting "in reserve", which let appear the support from which he used the color. The material, oil paint most often, is applied directly with a knife or brush, and the chromatic juxtapositions he makes are bold and daring.
The power of Charreton's works is comparable to the Fauvist works produced by Matisse or Derain at the time Victor Charreton moved to Paris. The Auvergne, Brittany and Provence were the subjects that would remain dear to him throughout his life.
Our painting represents a small house surrounded by trees in bloom. The richness of the composition, which associates several planes, should be noted: the vegetation in the foreground, the path, the house, a large tree behind it and, in the background, a line of trees. The palette, combining soft pastels and brighter colors, evokes a sunny spring day. The artist skillfully captures the play of light and shadow that the sun draws on the walls and roof of the house. Note the care taken with certain details such as the wheelbarrow and the ladder leaning on the tree, which contribute to the lively character of the scene represented.
Museums in which charreton's works are exhibited
Paris, Musée d'Orsay and Petit Palais