JEAN SOUVERBIE
(
French, 1891-1981)

"FEMME COUCHÉE"

Oil on canvas, Signed L/L
Size: 28 ½ x 36”
Framed: 37 x 44”

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Jean Souverbie (French 1891-1981)
It was a meeting with Maurice Denis and Paul Sérusier in 1908 that influenced the young Souverbie to take up an artistic career. Led by these two members of the Nabis group, Souverbie enrolled at the Académie Ranson in 1916, where he befriended Bonnard, Vuillard and Vallotton.

Cubist tendencies were apparent in his work of the 1920s as a result of his contact with the work of Braque. However, his sensuousness allowed him to combine the cubist vocabulary with a more traditional naturalism in order to create his voluptuous, classical nudes. His monumental figures, his taste for allegorical subject matter and simplicity of composition reveal his interest in the great French classical painter, Poussin.

Souverbie's classicism does not only relate to seventeenth century tradition but equally to the laws of perfect beauty posed by the Greeks, and featured in the classical beauty of his young wife. It is her that is the model for the female figures in many of his paintings. His style lent itself to monumental painting and when he became head teacher at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1945, an atelier of mural painting was created for him.

In 1925 Souverbie was under contract with the Galerie Vavin-Raspail, which hosted the Section d'Or exhibition that year, bringing him into contact with Lhote, Gleizes, Picasso, Marcoussis and many other members of the Paris avant-garde. After a first one-man-show at Vavin-Raspail in 1926 Souverbie went on to have a show of fifty-four cubist paintings at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery in 1929, which established him as an important figure on the Paris inter war art scene.

Public collections include
City Art Gallery, Leeds
Musée de Grenoble
Musée du Petit Palais, Paris
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris
Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Museum of Modern Art, Boston
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

   

 

 

   

PIERRE DUMONT
(French, 1884-1936)

"NOTRE DAME"
Oil on canvas, signed L/L
Size (15F): 21 x 25 ½”
Framed: 32 ½ x 37”

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PIERRE DUMONT
(French, 1884-1936)

"NOTRE DAME DE PARIS "
Oil on Canvas, Signed Lower Right
Canvas: 28 3/4 " x 36 1/4"
Framed: 37 1/2" x 44 1/2"

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One of the most influential post-Impressionist artists, Pierre Dumont was born in Paris on March 29, 1884. Against the wishes of his father, Dumont enrolled at the Lycée Corneille; it was there he met Robert Antoine Pinchon and Marcel Duchamp who became lifelong friends.

In 1906, at the age of 22, Dumont held his first one man exhibition at Galerie Legrip, a Rouen dealer who promoted Normandy painters. Dumont's paintings confirmed his fiery temperament as a colorist and his departure from the influence of Impressionism. When the Fauve movement ran out of steam, Dumont took it upon himself to create a parallel salon. He united a "Group of XXX" with the first exhibition held at Galerie Legrip. Two years later this group expanded into the Sociéte de Peintures Modernes. Included were some of the most exciting artists of the time. Even Paris-based painters such as Utrillo, Vlaminck, Luce and Gillamin sent their works to Rouen for these exhibitions.

From 1914 - 1924 Dumont achieved great success with his paintings of street scenes in Monmartre, Notre Dame cathedral and the bridges of Paris. But in 1927 he suffered the first of many "cerebral attacks" which endured intermittently for ten years.

In February 1931, he was invited by Armand Drouant to hold an exhibition at 35 Rue de Seine. This was the last exhibition held while the artist was alive. His eyesight dimmed and his right hand paralyzed, Dumont painted with his left hand during his final years. He died in a Paris hospital in 1936 at the age of 52.
   

 


 


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ROLAND OUDOT
(French, 1897-1981)


"SAINT LEGER EN YVELINES
"
Oil on canvas, Signed L/L
Canvas: 23 3/4 x 31 3/4"
Framed: 35 x 43"


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Roland Oudot (French; 1897-1981) is an important member of the group known as "Artists of Poetic Reality." This term, describing painters in France between the two World Wars, includes Oudot and his friends, Legueult and Brianchon. They sought the beauty in the real, as a departure from the stylistic Impressionist and post-Impressionist pioneers that came before them.

Oudot studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1915 - 1918. Then followed an influential period when he worked with Leon Bakst, head painter for the Russion Ballet. Oudot was given assignments for murals, scenic design and costumes. His involvement with the ballet led to the world of interior decorating, where he designed fabric and furniture for the firm of Sue and Mare.

In 1918, he returned to the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs and the atelier of Eugéne Morand. Here he studied paintings by Marquet, Matisse and Duffrenoy while he prepared for his first exhibition, the 1919 Salon d'Automne.

By 1925, he was a member of the Committee for the Salon des Tuilleries where his paintings were shown. From then on, the artist was sought by collectors, and for fifty years his works were frequently shown in galleries in Paris, Brussels, New York, Pittsburgh, Sydney, London, Venice, and others throughout France and Switzerland.

He is represented in several museums in France: Musée d'Art Moderne and Cabinet des Étampes in Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes; and in Albi, Bagnols-sur-céze, Cambrai, Grenoble, and Cérés.
 


 

 


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EDMOND PETITJEAN
(French, 1844-1925)


"CABANE SUR LES ROCHES EN BORD DE MER
"
Oil on canvas, signed L/L
Canvas: 19 3/4 x 27 7/8"
Framed: 29 1/2 x 37 1/2"


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EDMOND PETITJEAN
(French, 1844-1925)


"RUE DU VILLAGE
"
Oil on canvas, signed L/L
Canvas: 18 ½ x 26”
Framed: 29 x 36 ¼”


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EDMOND PETITJEAN
(French, 1844-1925)


"VIEW OF LE HARVE
" (1878)
Oil on canvas, signed L/R
Canvas (100F) 38.5 x 56.5"
Frame 50" x 70"


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WILLIAM S. HORTON
(American; 1865-1936)


"Snow at Gstaad, the Valley
" (1922)
Oil on panel, signed L/L
Size: 25 x 30”
Framed: 33 x 37 ½”


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William S. Horton
(American, 1865-1936)

 
The American Impressionist William S. Horton was born in Michigan and grew up in North Dakota, but as a young teen he left school to begin taking courses at the Chicago Art Institute and the École des beaux arts in New York. He later made his way to London and Paris, where he studied at famed École Julian and was embraced by the diverse and talented members of the School of Paris. Horton found peers and acclaim during the Impressionist movement. By 1914, he was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon, a member of the Salon d’Automne, and he became a close colleague of Monet, Pissarro, Whistler and Derain.

As an ex-patriot and adopted Frenchman, Horton was dedicated to the Impressionist values. His talent and commitment resulted in a body of work luminous in color and vivid in atmosphere, characterized by expressive brushwork and supple rhythms that bring his scenes to life with an unmistakable verve and joy.

During his lifetime Horton painted and exhibited extensively, with solo shows at prestigious galleries in Paris, London, Berlin, Chicago, Boston and New York. The French government purchased several of his works, and the King of Spain was a patron.

Horton is well-represented in international museums, including the Musée d’Orsay, Luxembourg, Jeu de Paume, Carnavalet Museum, Bradford Museum (England), National Museum of Stockholm, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and others.