Auguste Paul Charles ANASTASI
(Paris, 1820-Paris, 1889)
Path in the rocks at Pont-Aven - Brittany
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Stamp of the ANASTASI sale on the stretcher
24 x 32 cm
Provenance: No. 66 of the sale of the artist's studio, Durand-Ruel, March 3-8, 1873
Pupil of Delacroix, Corot and Delaroche, Anastasi worked a lot in the forest of Fontainebleau, Barbizon, and also in Brittany and Normandy. He made a few trips to Belgium on the banks of the Meuse, Holland, Germany, Tyrol, Italy, from where he brought back many landscapes.
In 1870, Anastasi became completely blind and a sale of his works, organized by his comrades, produced a sufficient sum to protect him from want until his death. He was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1868.
Some of his views of Italy are composed and painted in a classical manner, while his layout and his touch become much freer when he paints his landscapes of the banks of the Meuse, Fontainebleau, or Tyrol. He is then able in a few strokes of discreet halftones to evoke the poetry of undecided hours.
Museums: Angers, Antwerp, Besançon, Bourges, Chantilly, Compiègne, Lille, Marseille, Mulhouse, Nantes, Paris (Mus. du Louvre), Rennes, Valence…
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