Edmond Lempereur

The boat trip, circa 1900
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left
Dimensions: 61 x 50cm
With frame: 80 x 69 cm

On the banks of the Marne or the Seine, an elegant woman concealed by her parasol is about to leave for a boat trip. Further on, the eye lands on red boats, signified by a simple line. Vegetation and water are underlined by a few dark circles, typical of the painter’s palette. The painter makes the water ripple, encompasses the gaze in shades of blue and green. From Claude Monet whom he admired, he retains his impressionist sensibility in the treatment of light. A painter of suggestion rather than description, his drawing prefers a light, broad and brushed touch.

Edmond Lemperor painted landscapes around Paris, the banks of the Marne and the Seine, racetracks, brasserie and café scenes, guinguettes, café-concerts. The artist passed away prematurely, at the age of 33. French painter, draftsman and engraver, he is a member of the Society of Independent Artists. A posthumous exhibition of his body of work took place in 1926.

Museums: The Morosoff Collection, in Moscow, preserves some of his works, including Bar Tabarin (1907). Two paintings are kept at the Center National des Arts Plastiques ( Fishermen in Meulan , Fishermen ).