D. O. Widhopff
(1867 - 1933)
Oil on canvas, 17 x 18.5 in
Widhopff moved at an early age from Odessa in the Ukraine to Paris. He started out as an illustrator and caricaturist for the journal Courrier France, and succeeded in exhibiting his work at the Salon des Independants, the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Tuileries in Paris. He created drawings that were used as 'cartons' for the manufacture of the prestigious Gobelins and Beauvais tapestries.
Widhopff's earlier works were executed in darker tones reminiscent of the XIX century European painters. As his art evolved under the influence of Fauvism and Post Impressionism, he would gradually free color from its subject matter, using strong, vivid hues to highlight in the interplay of shadow and light. He painted colorful gardens and lush landscapes as well as intimate interiors, saturating the canvas with a myriad of tonalities that swirled into lyrical, harmonious compositions.