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Result : 117 000 EUR


Les nymphéas
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
70.5 x 75.5 cm - 27 3/4 x 29 3/4 in.

Un certificat de Cyril Klein-Montézin, en date de juin 2020, sera remis à l'acquéreur.

Atelier de l'artiste, offert par l'artisteCollection privée, Neuilly-sur-SeinePuis par descendance au propriétaire actuel

In the painting we present here, the influ­ence of the Impressionists in undeniable: in the treatment of the reflections of light as well as the vegetation in the water. It revisits, inspires and feeds off the work of its predecessors. Although he is following their lineage, he does not seek to copy them, he seeks to sublimate this light that is so dear to them. It is a magnificent tribute to Claude Monet, the founding father of the Impressionist movement.
Cheerfulness reigns everywhere in his works, summer shines. In his landscapes, spring bursts into luminous touches. He himself says that «The landscape artist's motifs are certainly not under the eye but in the heart of the artist». Here, delicate water lilies are painted undulating and gliding on a pond. The colors seem to vibrate on the canvas. The light shines on the surface of the water and caresses the stems of the plants. Louis Vauxcelles complimented the artist during his exhibition in 1938 at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris «Every touch, every vibration has the weight of a truth».

Pierre-Eugène Montezin was born in Paris in 1874 and died in 1946 in Moêlan-sur-Mer, at the age of 72. Coming from a wealthy family, he com­pleted an apprenticeship in a house of decoration where he was destined for mural decoration. Very early on, he devel­oped a passion for fishing and hunting. He develops a pronounced taste for outdoor life: observing landscapes, the smells of the countryside and country walks. This great nature lover enjoys working as often as possible outside of the workshops, in direct contact with his subject, which is why he follows in the footsteps of the Impres­sionists. He lives in communion with nature by painting the subject matter on the spot. In 1903, the painter was admitted to the Salon des artistes français. In addition, Pierre-Eugène Montezin received several prestigious prizes such as the Rosa Bon­heur prize in 1920. He was named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1923. The artist was elected in 1940 to the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. The painter exhibited his works in many galleries such as the Georges Petit gallery in 1922, the Char­pentier gallery in 1933, the Journal gallery in 1936, the Durand-Ruel gallery in 1938 and the Raphael Gérard gallery in 1943. The artist's canvases offer the viewer an impression of movement. The thick and rapid layers of pigments give rhythm to the canvas and inspire life and movement. The painter plays with light effects using different notes of yellows and whites. The latter makes his own pigments to give his painting a sensitive appearance.
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