Oil on canvas, 15 x 18.1 in. (38 x 46 cm). Stamp-signed lower right.
Valtat Nr. 1101
(Jean Valtat, L.V. 1869-1952. Catalogue de l'oeuvre peint, Paris, 1977. Vol. I , ill. p. 123)
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist by the grandparents of the previous owner
Price: - sold -
The year 1914 was not only under the sign of the beginning of the war, but for Valtat great personal changes.Valtat traveled no longer to Antheor and hardly more in Normandy. He moved inside Paris, the Place Constantin Pecqueur in the Avenue de Wagram.
He lived near the Arc de Triomphe and the Bois de Boulogne, the bushes and lakes appear frequently in his work from now on. Typical of this era, the preferred color red, which he used instead of brown, and is for all the contours.
The aforementioned characteristics in Valtats style of painting in this time are also apparent at the present painting. Effective leadership is the light, implemented by a change from green to blue-green, which unlocks the second base image for the viewer. At the same time the color dominance of the thatched house is weakened.
Valtat is noted as a key link that accounts for the stylistic transition in painting from Monet to Matisse
Louis Valtat is considered as one of the leaders and founders of the Fauvist movement (meaning "the wild beasts" for their wild, expressionist-like use of color), which did not formally begin until 1905 at the Salon d'Automne.
Valtat was involved with the most influential groups of artists, such as Auguste Renoir, Paul Signac, Georges d'Espagnat and Maximilien Luce.
Louis Valtat was born in Dieppe on 8 August, 1869.
In 1894, Louis Valtat collaborated with both Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Albert André in creating the decor for the Paris theater L'Oeuvre.
Valtat exhibited widely during his career. Valtat suffered from tuberculosis, and he spent many autumn/winter seasons along the Mediterranean coast in Banyuls, Antheor and Saint-Tropez.
Often, Valtat and his family would visit Paul Signac in Bollée and Auguste Renoir at the Maison de la Poste in Cagnes. During these times, along the Mediterranean, Valtat's use of color became a major concern to him, and he began to express his Fauvist tendencies, particularly in painting seascapes and flowers.
In 1948 he lost due to glaucoma disease his eyesight almost completely.
Valtat died in 1952 in Choisel near Paris.
That same year the Salon d'Automne shows a very large first retrospective of his work, which documented to many visitors the multi-faceted talent and the value of this artist in the history of painting.