Georges d'Espagnat (1870-1950), The Reader, Oil on canvas

Georges d'Espagnat (France, 20th Century)

Georges d'Espagnat (1870-1950), The Reader, Oil on canvas
17 East 80 St - #5
New York, NY, 10075
(212) 861-1953
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Georges d'Espagnat (1870-1950), The Reader, Oil on canvas


This highly intimate depiction of a woman reading is hauntingly romantic in its smoky hues and vaporous tonalities. Her gaze invites us into a space ambiguously defined by a series of loose brushstrokes, yet her darkened eyes, rosy cheeks and sensuous mouth are highly contrasted in hue and bring the viewer into her personal space. The light that seemingly emanates from her white corsage adds a softness to the pictorial surface and highlights the central figure in the composition.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 23 in | WIDTH: 26½ in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 16 in | WIDTH: 19½ in

Origin France
Category Oils
Period 20th Century

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CONDITION: framed in a modern frame

THB REF: 8827247713


"D'Espagnat always had an independent streak to his work, and despite the fact that he borrowed from the Impressionists, the Nabis artists and the Modernists, he remained a free spirit in his luminous compositions that often portrayed intimate interiors, bouquets of flowers, and elegant women. He was instrumental in founding the Salon d'Automne in 1903, and was name Professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in 1934. He had numerous one man shows at the prestigious Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris, and had major retrospectives of his works in museums throughout France.
Museums: Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Toledo Museum of Art; Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; Petit Palais, Geneva; Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Orsay Museum, Paris; Royal Museum of Art, Brussels, Pushkin Museum, Moscow.
Bibliography: Duran-Ruel: Georges d'Espagnat 1870-1950; Bernard d'Espagnat: Georges d'Espagnat."