Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Louis Valtat - part 1

1892 Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 55.2 x 45.7 cm
Private Collection

Louis Valtat (1869 – 1952) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Fauves  ("the wild beasts," so named for their wild use of colour), who first exhibited together in 1905 at the Salon d’Automme. He is noted as a key figure in the stylistic transition in painting from Monet to Matisse. 

Valtat’s early work, generally landscapes and street scenes, used the light touch of Impressionism and the coloured dots of Pointillism along with an intense, bright palette, as in Péniches (Barges) (1892).

1892 Barges
oil on canvas 38 x 46 cm
Private Collection

Later in life, while suffering from tuberculosis, he spent several autumns and winters on the Mediterranean, where he intensified his use of colour and began to express more Fauvist tendencies, particularly in his seascapes. However, he never fully adopted the extreme boldness of colour and form that characterises the work of the Fauve group.

Born August 8, 1869 in Dieppe, France, Valtat studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the Académie Julian. His fellow students and contemporaries included Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnar, and Édouard Vuillard, though Valtat remained separate from the Synthesist movement by which these three were influenced. He continued to paint until 1948, when he lost his sight due to glaucoma. Valtat died on January 2, 1952 in Paris.


This is part 1 of a 4-part post on the works of Louis Valtat:


1890-92c On the Beach
oil on canvas 57.2 x 80.7 cm
Private Collection

1890c Street in Paris in the Snow
oil on paper on cradled panel 28.5 x 45.5 cm
Private Collection

1890c The House and Garden at Bernay
oil on canvas 54 x 65 cm
Private Collection

1890c The Studio / Nude in the Studio
oil on canvas 171.5 x 221 cm
Private Collection

1892c Unloading Coal at Rouen
oil on burlap 54 x 65 cm
Private Collection

1893 House and Three Master
oil on canvas 46.3 x 55 cm
Private Collection

1893 On the Boulevard
oil on canvas 218.4 x 168.3 cm
Private Collection

1893 The Flower Garden
oil on canvas 55 x 46 cm
Private Collection

1893 The Orchard
oil on paper laid down on canvas 47.3 x 62.2 cm
Private Collection

1893 The White Mouse
oil on canvas 81.2 x 100.3 cm
Private Collection

1893c Landscape
oil on canvas 65 x 81 cm
Private Collection

1893c The Seine at Bercy
oil on canvas 50 x 65 cm
Private Collection

1894 Apple Trees
oil on cardboard 65 x 81 xm
Private Collection

1894 Nude in the Garden
tempera on canvas 44 x 55 cm
Private Collection

1894 Spanish Landscape
oil on canvas 54 x 64.8 cm
Private Collection

1894 Spanish Landscape
oil on canvas 64.8 x 81.3 cm
Private Collection

1894 Spanish Landscape
oil on panel 55 x 65 cm
Private Collection

1894 Two Children
oil on canvas 28.5 x 35.1 cm
Private Collection

1894c Bernay, la Place de l'Abbatiale
oil on canvas 54 x  65.4 cm
Private Collection

1894c Woman at a Fountain
oil on canvas 62.2 x 81.5 cm
Private Collection

1895 At the Cabaret
 pastel on paper
Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

1895 At the Table
woodcut 27.5 x 20.9 cm ( woodcut ) 33.3 x 24.7 cm ( sheet )
© 2017 Louis Valtat / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

1895 Chez Maxim's
tempera on panel 80 x 60 cm
Private Collection

1895 Figures by the River
oil on paper laid down on canvas 43.2 x 49.2 cm
Private Collection

1895 On the Boat Bus, Rouen
oil on canvas 54 x 61 cm
Private Collection

1895 On the River
oil on paper laid down on canvas 51 x 69 cm
Private Collection

1895 Personnages au Bord de la Rivière
oil on canvas 53.9 x 65.7 cm

1895 Water Carriers by a Country House
oil on canvas 80 x 99.7 cm
Private Collection

1895c Monsieur Victor Valtat, the Artist's Father
oil on canvas 34.3 x 26.7 cm
Private Collection

1895c Nude on a Green Armchair
pastel on paper laid down on canvas 61.9 x 38.7 cm
Private Collection

1895c The Madeleine-Bastille Omnibus
oil on canvas 130 x 152 cm
Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva, Switzerland

1895c The Reapers
oil on canvas 65 x 81 cm
Private Collection

1895c Two Children on a Plaza
oil on canvas 81.3 x 100.3 cm
Private Collection

1895c Two Vases of Flowers
oil on canvas 81.3 x 66 cm
Private Collection

1895c Two Young Women Fixing Their Hair
oil on canvas 82 x 65 cm
 Private Collection

1895c Woman in an Armchair
oil on canvas 81.6 x 65.4 cm
Private Collection

1896 A Tree in a Garden
oil on canvas 81 x 65 cm
Private Collection

1896 Boats at Arachon
tempera on panel 46 x 65 cm
Private Collection

1896 Boulevard with a Pink Wall
oil on board on cradled panel 52 x 67.3 cm
Private Collection

1896 Brown Sails
oil on canvas 31 x 36 cm
Musée d'Orsay Paris
© ADAGP - photo musée d'Orsay / rmn

1896 The Banyuls Lighthouse
oil on canvas 27.2 x 22.2 cm
Private Collection

1896 Woman at the Cabaret
oil on canvas 136 x 191 cm
Musée 'Orsay Paris
© ADAGP - photo musée d'Orsay / rmn

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