Oil on canvas, 18 x 21 1/4 in. (46 x 54 cm). Signed lower right.
Private collection, Paimpol / Bretagne
Atelier Paul Madeline, troisième vente de l'atelier, Versailles,1978
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With remarkable light and the typical colors moss green and violet, Madeline creates an atmospheric impression of the landscape.
The Pointe du Raz is a rocky cliff that forms the conclusion of the Cap Sizun, located in the department of Finistère in Brittany. The rugged cliff that juts out the difference in elevation of 72 meters, is one of the most characteristic points of the Breton coast. It is a tourist destination of great international reputation.
The work of Paul Madeline becomes steadily in recent years in the focus of admirers of post-Impressionist painting. The catalogue raisonnée is currently in progress and in particular its rare early works are to be assessed in a new art-historical context.
Paul Madeline was born in Paris in 1863.
Student at the Beaux Arts in Paris, he was working in a publishing house in Paris to earn some money for living and painted urban landscapes in his spare time.
In 1894, he discovers la Creuse and glare that produced this area on him. It encouraged him to visit it more frequently to paint his landscapes. The paintings that he draws firstly reveal him to critics then to the general public: we admire his subtle impressionism, the grace and delicacy with which he tames the wilderness of Creuse. Madeline forces the admiration by performing especially his paintings to acquire by them the obvious beauty.
He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1894, 97 and 99. He was appointed permanent member of the Salon d'Automne, then swore in the Salon de la Nationale des Beaux Arts. This success allows him to live from 1902 thanks to his art.
In 1908, he founded "La Société Moderne", which includes painters like Lebasque, Raffaëlli, Aman and Maurice Chabas. The gallery Devambez and Durand-Ruel invited them to their annual exhibitions.
Towards the end of his career, Madeline introduced some characters in his landscapes, wearing regional costumes, especially from Brittany.
He died at 57 years, in 1920.
The Salon des Indépendants devotes him a retrospective in 1926.
Learn more about Paul Madeline on www.paulmadeline.com