Project Description

Andre Barbier

Mountain landscape, dated 1903
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower left
Dimensions: 60 x 73cm
With frame: 82 x 94 cm
Price: 1800 €

Here, André Barbier represents a hilly landscape. Painter on the ground, it is supposed that he climbed to the tops of the mountains to choose his subject: nature. It represents the bright and colorful variations of autumn. In the foreground, the side of the mountain seems to throw itself into the lake. The water is brightly colored, as if adorned with shades of changing tones. In the distance, the snow-covered mountains rise towards the overcast sky.

In 1903, aged twenty, André Barbier moved to Paris. He became friends with Claude Monet, Albert Marquet, Maurice Denis and Georges d’Espagnat… The Parisian circle introduced him to turn-of-the-century painting, which revolutionized pictorial thought at the time. He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants from 1903 to 1938 as well as at the Salon d’Automne and the Tuileries, then showed his works in personal exhibitions, notably at the Galerie Durand-Ruel.

He painted many landscapes of Paris and its close suburbs, Normandy and the Côte d’Azur, as far as Italy. André Barbier is described by those close to him as generous, altruistic, open-minded, passionate about music, astronomy and photography. His technique and his mastery of light prove his intimate understanding of the subtleties of Impressionism.

Bibliography:

• The Little Masters of Painting

Museums : In France, Bagnols-sur-Cèze. In Paris: national center for visual arts, FRAC Île-de-France