Woman Reading in a Garden, Henry Ottmann (1877-1927). Oil on Canvas.

Henri Ottmann (France, 20th Century)

 Woman Reading in a Garden, Henry Ottmann (1877-1927).  Oil on Canvas.
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Woman Reading in a Garden, Henry Ottmann (1877-1927). Oil on Canvas.


Ottmann has applied thick pigment onto the canvas in a series of broad, diagonal brushstrokes that add texture, density and movement to this luminous composition. The intimacy of the scene is highlighted by the downward gaze of the sitter, whose eyes are slightly obscured by the shadow cast by her hat onto her forehead, unaware of the fact that she is being observed from afar. Signed lower right. Elaborate polychrome modernist frame.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 24¾ in | WIDTH: 21¼ in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 16½ in | WIDTH: 13 in

Origin France
Category Oils
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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CONDITION: Painting retouched and varnished due to thickness of pigment

THB REF: 2482187349


"Ottmann exhibited his work at the Salon d'Automne, Salon des Tuileries and the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris to great public acclaim. The richness of his palette, combined with the delicacy of his brushtrokes and sensuality of his compositions brought him recognition among the most distinguished artistic circles. His earlier works, strong in color and bold in design, gradually gave way to softer, more transparent hues and simplified compositions that highlighted his delight at representing women. He depicted them at their toilette, at the hat maker, always in intimate settings that were full of charm. His nudes reflect the seductive intimacy of Renoir, an artist Ottmann revered. Unfortunately, his tragic death in an automobile accident prevented him from blossoming into full artistic maturity. At his death, he left many works unfinished, for his goal was to createa vast body of compositions representing scenes from everyday life using the most modern techniques.
'Interieur a la Robe Rose', Musee de Rouen, France
'Le Pont de Meulan', Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
'La Courtisane Endormie', Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, France
'La Desserte', Musee de Nantes, France
Bibliography: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peiture, 1820-1920, Gerald Schurr.