Albert André | French
1869 - 1954
Bouquet de roses devant une bibliothèque
(Bouquet of Roses in Front of a Library)
signed "Albert André" (lower right)
Oil on canvas
French Post-Impressionist painter Albert André was famed for his depictions of interiors, gardens and still lifes. By juxtaposing rich patches of color, he was able to convey light and shadow — a technique executed masterfully in this luminous painting. Painted in the softer palette of his later work, this warm still life retains the original frame in which it was exhibited by the artist’s dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, at his galleries in New York in 1926 and 1927, whom he was introduced to through Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Born in 1869 in Lyon, France, André started his career as an industrial textile designer and draftsman. In 1890, he left his hometown of Lyon for Paris to attend the Académie Julian, and in 1894 he exhibited five paintings in the Salon des Indépendants, where they caught the attention of celebrated Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Over the next two decades, Renoir became a mentor to André, advising the artist and helping him sell his work, and Renoir and his family became a primary theme in André’s work. After World War I, the artist took a post as curator at the museum in Bagnois-sur-Cèze, remaining there for many years before returning to Paris in 1947. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.
This work is registered in the Archives Durand-Ruel under photo no. 10266 and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue raisonné being prepared by Flavie Durand-Ruel, Alain Girard and Béatrice Roche.
Canvas: 32 3/4" high x 25 3/4" wide
Frame: 38" high x 31 3/4" wide
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York (acquired from the artist in 1926)
Effie Seachrest (acquired from the above in 1928)
Private Collection, USA
Sale: Jackson’s Auctioneers, Cedar Falls, 19th November 2019, lot 219
New York, Durand-Ruel, Exhibition of Paintings by Albert André, 1926, no. 5
New York, Durand-Ruel, Exhibition of Still Life and Flowers by André, Braque, Canals, D’Espagnat, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Peské, Pissarro, Redon, Renoir, Zandomeneghi, 1927, no. 1