Augustin Hanicotte

The Stall, Port of Volendam , circa 1910
Oil on canvas
Trace of signature lower left
Size: 46.5 x 61cm
With frame 67 x 84 cm

Here, Augustin Hanicotte depicts a genre scene. Children and mothers are gathered at the port around the cart of an elderly greengrocer, they discuss. The aprons, dresses and waistcoats are dazzlingly colorful, from the boy in the pink waistcoat to the young lady in the pine green dress.

On the left, a little girl tastes an apple, the door in her mouth; on the right, a young girl gives her sister her hand and hugs her yellow soft toy with the other.

Behind this scene, the mouth of the port appears, a boat is lulled by the high tide… In his paintings, the details are striking, the light clear and the colors skilfully orchestrated.

Painter of figures, landscapes and seascapes, he was a pupil of Fernand Cormon at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. In 1899, he left for Volendam, a famous Dutch port of the time. He stays in Collioure, settles in Narbonne after the war. Augustin Hanicotte exhibits regularly at the Salon of French Artists in Paris; he became a member in 1901. An excellent colorist, his gift for patterns and his vision for colors earned him several carpet orders for the Gobelins.


• In Paris: Museum of Modern Art-Georges Pompidou Center (two drawings, including Their sea! Volendam, 1904), Cnap national center for plastic arts

• In France: Museum of Art and History of Narbonne, Museum of Modern Art of Collioure, Museum of Fine Arts of Valenciennes, Léon Dierx Museum of Saint-Denis-de-la-Réunion, Bethune, Saint-Nazaire


• Léonce Bénédite, cat. exp. The Luxembourg Museum (museum annexed to the Jeu de Paume, at the Tuileries), “Paintings, pastels, watercolors and drawings from foreign schools”, Paris, Librairie Renouard, H. Laurens editor, 1924, cat. No. 280, p. 153

• Charles Masson, cat. exp. National Museum of Luxembourg, “Catalogue of paintings, sculptures and miniatures”, Paris, National Museums, 1927, p. 31