Lecomte

Paysage au Chemin

1919

ARTIST:

Lecomte, Victor b.1856, Paris d.1920, Paris


Title:

Paysage au Chemin, titled and dated on a label on the chassis "Route du Cimetière, Barbizon 1919", signed, lower right


Technique:

Oil paint


Ground:

canvas


Condition:

Good to very good. There are minor perforations to the work, most notably on the middle of the image, however, are only visible on close inspection. In need of a surface clean.


Literature:

see http://artid.com/members/peterbarnett/blog/post/2706-pastoral-and-sublime-the-two-faces-of-romantic-landscape


Provenance:

Private Collector, France


Asking:

Contact for price


From mid to the late nineteenth century, the French returned to a more realistic view of the natural world, and perhaps prompted by the heroic ideals that emanated from years of revolution, began to promulgate the notion that the surrounding world was desirable, and integral to bourgeois taste when it came to the art and subject matter. Thus, the notion of the picturesque came to be. Raw, often rustic and pastoral in nature, artists like Victor Lecomte drew on what they saw, romanticising some details, as part of their artistic process. This exquisite depiction of the French countryside on offer from Salon is an exemplar of Lecomte’s vision, that, in comparable works, saw his palette more refined and lush in colouring. Here, the last gasp of summer perhaps, as the season transitions into autumn, is captured in the artist’s use of green, yellows and browns that work harmoniously. Lecomte’s impression of the landscape draws somewhat on the representing a fleeting moment in time, in this case perhaps mid-morning. The dirt road that diagonally divides the work leads the onlookers eye to settle in the distance, on a solitary figure, perhaps symbolising the heroic, dignified ideal of rural life, one celebrated by the French in the late nineteenth-century.