The cattle market, circa 1880
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
Located on the back ” Forges-les-Eaux; Seine inférieure “.
Dimensions: 55 x 65 cm
With frame: 73 x 85 cm
Price: 15,000 euros
This is an impressionist painting done in the early stage of the career of Pierre Vauthier We can date it around 1880.
The Seine-Maritime, homeland of impressionism, was the land of the impressionist painters, all of them attracted by its incomparable light.
The very lively scene is located in the pretty village of Forges-les-eaux in a green setting. It is a work atmosphere, the cattle dealers discuss and negotiate. cattle are mix with men to create a compact group.
The subject, the touch and the point of view are the mark of an impressionist painter. The typical scene, the rural and anecdotal subject, which shows without really showing are the sign of the talent of the painter. he highlights the atmosphere rather than the details of the subject.
Pierre Vauthier and his brother Réné, also a landscape painter, were born in Pernambuco, Brazil, from French parents. Impressionist painter, pupil, like his brother, of Maxime Lalanne, he begins at the Paris Salon in 1874. Pierre Vauthier quickly met with success. Critically acclaimed, it won numerous awards.
He was made a member of the Society of French Artists in 1883, obtained honorable mention at the Salon of 1884, received the medal of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1895. He was one of the painters of his generation who participated in the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and that of Paris in 1900.
Pierre Vauthier paints landscapes of the Paris region. Attracted by city and countryside charm of the suburbs and by Normandy, he recreates the sweetness and good mood in paintings full of a delicate light.
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• Emmanuel Bénézit, “Dictionary of painters, sculptors, designers and engravers”, t. 14, Librairie Gründ, reed. 1976, p. 75
• Lydia Harambourg, “French landscape painters in the 19th century”, Paris, Ides et Calendes, 1985
• In Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Petit Palais, Musée Carnavalet, Department of Graphic Arts, Musée du Louvre.
• Antwerp, Bourges, Chambéry Museum of Fine Arts, Draguignan, Moulins.