1856-1913 | French
Le Matin, Diélette
Signed and dated "Henry Moret 1912" (lower left)
Oil on canvas
This extraordinary oil on canvas by the French Impressionist Henry Moret beautifully captures the lush coastline of northern France. The painter's highly unique style and richly hued palette is distinctly modern, bringing his Impressionist approach to the brink of colorful abstraction. Entitled Le Matin, Diélette, this composition is imbued with the pops of vibrant color and rich textures that exemplify Moret's artistic genius.
One of the most celebrated painters of the Pont-Aven School, Moret’s lasting reputation is tied to his talent for capturing the bright skies, tranquil waterways and diverse landscape of Normandy. The artist was fascinated with nature throughout his career, and, like many of his contemporaries, found inspiration in the countryside and coastal towns of France. His mastery of the plein air technique allowed him to translate his deep appreciation for the natural world onto canvas, and he does so with a brilliance and energy in the present composition.
Henry Moret was born in Cherbourg in 1856, though little else is known about his early life. He entered military service as a young man in 1875, and it was during that period when Moret discovered the beauty of France’s northern coasts, particularly those of Normandy and Brittany. After his tour ended, he embarked on his artistic career, completing his formal education at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Leon Gérôme, and later, from about 1880, under Jean-Paul Laurens at the Académie Julian.
He exhibited for the first time at the Paris Salon in 1880, submitting a landscape of the coast of Brittany. During his time in Paris, he frequently traveled to Brittany to paint the region he so loved. In 1888, he more firmly established himself in Pont-Aven, a town whose center had become an artistic refuge for artists such as the great Paul Gauguin, Ernest Ponthier de Chamaillard, Emile Jourdan and others. Under Gauguin's influence, he briefly explored the concept of Symbolism in his works, but after Gauguin left Pont-Aven in 1891, Moret returned to his Impressionist roots. He formed a relationship with the famed dealer Durand-Ruel in 1895, and his career was officially launched. Today, his works can be found in important museums including the Manchester Art Gallery, the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC) and others.
This important work will be included in the forthcoming Henry Moret catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Jean-Yves Rolland.
Canvas: 18 3/8" high x 24 1/4" wide
Frame: 27 1/4" high x 33" wide
Exposition Henry Moret, Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, 1966, no. 48