La lecture le soir
Oil on canvas signed lower right
France, private collection
Léonie (the painter's wife) sitting, from behind, reading the newspaper by the light of a lamp placed on a desk.
Eugène-Antoine DURENNE was born on December 11, 1860 in Paris and died in 1944 in Dourgne.
First a stenographer and then a member of parliament, it was not until 1895 that he took up painting at the instigation of Pissarro. He studied at the Académie Julian and made his debut in Paris at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts in 1898 with a self-portrait.
From 1900, he devoted himself entirely to painting. He trained with the impressionist masters and his friends Pissarro, Valtat, Albert André, d'Espagnat, Vuillard and Bonnard. He discovered Marseille, Toulon, Antibes, Villefranche, Nice and Italy where his love of nature was expressed. In Paris, he was regularly seen at the Nationale, the Independents and the Salon d'Automne. He exhibited in 1917 at the Galerie Georges Petit, in 1924 in Buenos Aires and at the gallery of Paul Durand-Ruel. He continued the neo-impressionism until the end of the first quarter of the 20th century.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Musée des Augustins, Toulouse
Musée du Petit Palais, Genève
Provenance : galerie Durand Ruelle
« Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs », E. Benezit. Librairie Gründ. 1976. Tome 4 . p.56