"La Bretonne" Gouache, Graphite, and Pastel
'La Bretonne' is a work on paper done in gouache, graphite and pastel. It is unsigned, but was done by an artist who was part of the Ecole de Pont Aven, a movement that was started by Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin in the 1880's and 1890's. Their art movement, called Synsethism was designed to synthesize or combine images, producing a new result which was quite different from Impressionism. It relied on a number of principles including the abandonment of faithful representation, the creation of a work based on the artist's memory of the subject but reflecting his feelings while painting, the bold application of pure color and the absence of perspective and shading. The Cloissonism technique of applying broad areas of flat colors outlined by dark contours, and geometrical composition free of any unnecessary detail and trimmings was also integrated into the art movement. This work on paper is very refined, with the soft contours outlining the eyes, nose and mouth, and emphasizing the gnarled fingers of the young girl attentively knitting a garment. The decorative floral design delicately frames the sitter, following the outline of her bonnet and enhancing the beauty and daintiness of the composition.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 20 in | WIDTH: 17 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 6½ in | WIDTH: 11 in
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