Marie Paul Henry de FABRY
(Larnage, 1833 - Tain, 1927)
Signed lower left
22 x 34.5 cm
Few biographical elements have been found in the literature on this artist apart from his civil status - born August 6, 1833 in Larnage in the Drôme - and his various participations in the Salons of provinces such as in Lyon from 1879 to 1896 with each year of multiple watercolors and in Bordeaux in 1885 again with a watercolor.
From the obituary section of Tain-L'Hermitage published in La Croix de La Drôme on January 23, 1927, we learn that Paul de Fabry was president of the Regional Society of Friends of the Arts from 1913 until his death and spent almost total of its existence in Tain.
Here are a few selected extracts from the laudatory posthumous tribute pronounced by Mr. Beaume, vice-president of the Regional Society of Friends of the Arts, during the artist's burial and which provide us with precious information about his personality:
“Paul de Fabry, born in 1833, had shown, from his youth, a very marked disposition for drawing. Later he fell in love with the watercolor process, then little known in France but which was taking an interesting development in England. With no other guide than a treatise translated from English, he began to paint often in the company of this other artist, his great friend, Max de la Sizeranne, and no one can deny that he achieved a real mastery. "
“Mr. de Fabry had been and remained a true artist specializing in the art of watercolor. He had created a personal genre for himself which was greatly appreciated. "
“But he was also served by a marvelous vision of the beauties of nature. No one better than him has been able to translate the infinite charm of a great morning sky, where everything is light and light. His impeccably designed landscapes, with great sobriety of lines, perfectly ordered, are airy and transparent, both real and poetic and catch the eye like a window open to a delicious point of view. "
Our drawing is the purest example.
Paul de Fabry died suddenly in Tain on January 10, 1927 in his 94th year.
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