Oil on cardboard, 14.57 x 20.47 in. (37 x 52 cm). Signed lower right.
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Louis Hayet was a french Post-Impressionist painter and pointillist, born in Pontoise August 29, 1864 and died in Cormeilles-Parisis, near Pontoise, 27 December 1940.
His parents, Calixte Hayet and Leontine Dufour, are very poor.
At school, he is shy and reserved, but is considered intelligent and gifted.
His predisposition for painting appear when twelve years. From 1877 to 1884, he traveled the road with his father, peddler.
Childhood friend of Lucien Pissarro, Hayet has the opportunity to show his work to Pissarro in 1883. With Pissarro, father and son Lucien, as well as with Seurat, he maintained a closer friendship.
In early May 1886, Lucien Pissarro and Hayet visit the workshop to see Seurat "An afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte". The visit, one or two weeks before the eighth and last Impressionist exhibition, was decisive.
His pointillist paintings are of excellent quality. From 1887, he made small sizes where the neo-impressionist key is swirling and dynamic.
His works are showing a sense of abstraction and closer to the evolution of Van Gogh.
(Chrisophe Duvivier, Director of the Museum at Pontoise)
The art critic Félix Fénéon wrote: "... le troisième table tableau de M. Hayet est des plus beaux qu'aient produit les impressionniste! : l'après-midi, un vallon, aux cultures très morcelées ; un haut arbre s'épannouit au ciel de nuages et de soleil en soudain bouquet de feuillures ; l'avant-plan est superbe. [...] M. Hayet, qui pour la première fois croyons-nous expose, une série d'oeuvres solides et personnelles...".
In 1890, however, he returned to a more traditional way and Paul Signac remove any mention of Louis Hayet, in the second edition of "From Eugène Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism" (the manifesto of pointillism).
After the disappearance of Seurat, Louis Hayet is isolated and participates however, between 1894 and 1897, eight exhibitions at Le Barc de Boutteville.
Hayet spend the rest of his career in scientific research on the pigment or color, without ceasing to paint, of course.
A college in the town of Cormeilles-Parisis, near Pontoise, was given the name of the painter.
Learn more on www.louishayet.com
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