Russian Artist (1873-1948)
'Rue Lepic in Montmartre, Paris'
Oil on board
7.5 x 10.5 in.
Musee du Petit Palais
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France.
Schurr: Dictionnaire des
Petits Maitres de la Peinture, 1996
The artist brings to life this animated street scene in Paris though a combination of loose brushstrokes evoking a horse drawn carriage as well as pedestrians casually strolling along a busy thoroughfare. The brilliant sunshine highlights the colorful building facade while creating dappled shadows which add depth and transparency to the pictorial surface. His gestural brushstrokes animate the pictorial surface while capturing the essence of his subject matter. His colorful palette enlivens the depictions of the distractions of the Parisian working class, such as the circus, music halls, or cafes that the dot the city streets
Pavil arrived in Paris in 1892 from his native Russia and studied with the highly regarded master painter Bouguereau at the Julian Academy. He turned his back on his academic training, and moved towards Impressionism after befriending Sisley, Pissaro, Renoir and Monet. He exhibited his scenes of Paris at the Salon des Independants in 1905, and continued to find endless inspiration in the animated street life and majestic Haussmanian architecture of Montmartre. The prestigious Galerie Georges Petit exhibited his work in 1921, 1924 and 1929, and Galerie Bernheim Jeune showed his work in 1917. He was included in a major exhibition at the Grand Paris Museum in Paris in 1926.
He left Paris to spend his final years in Morocco, where he continued to depict the colorful souks, luminous landscapes and animated port of Rabat with great spontaneity and freedom of expression.