Bouquet of Flowers, by Pierre Dumont (1884-1936). Oil on Canvas
This lyrical and vibrant still life is depicted in a gestural style of rapid, bravura brushstrokes of intense coloration. Dumont, like his fellow fauve painters Derain and Matisse, developed a flamboyant, thickly painted, exuberant style that adds texture, movement and light to his composition. The rich pictorial surface heightens the emotional content of the work, and the intensity of the contrasting hues generated by the pulsating pattern of his brushwork creates a luminescent color cascade that would becomes his signature style.
Dumont was instrumental in founding the ground breaking Societe de Peinture Moderne in 1907, which represented such avant garde artistes as Matisse, Dufy, Vlaminck, Guillaumin and Marquet, who joined Dumont is launching a few movement that would integrate current art trends such as Fauvism, Cubism and Orphism into a powerful new form of expression.
After exhibiting in Rouen, Dumont moved to Paris where he had his first one man show at the Galerie Legrip in 1906. He joined Picasso, Gris and Picabia at the Bateau Lavoir in Paris in 1911, and exhibited his work in all the major Parisian salons until 1918. The Musee de Rouen held a major retrospective of his work in 1916, which was followed by two highly successful shows at the Durant Ruel and the Katia Granoff Galleries in 1928 and 1929.
Museums: Musee de Rouen, Musee de Troyes, France
G. de Knyff: Pierre Dumont, 1984.
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture: 1820-1920
Pierre Varenne: Catalogue de l Exposition Pierre Dumont, Galerie M. Denis, Paris, 1944
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 38 in | WIDTH: 31½ in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 26 in | WIDTH: 19½ in
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CONDITION: Framed in its original gold leaf, elaborately carved French frame.