French Artist (1870-1950)
Oil on Canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;
Art Institute of Chicago,
Toledo Art Museum;
Pushkin Museum, Moscow;
Petit Palais, Geneva;
Royal Museum of Art, Brussels.
Georges d’Espagnat, La Bibliotheque des Arts,
D’Espagnat revolted early on to traditional academic formalities, and joined fellow avant-garde painters in Paris in creating radically new art movements that emphasized light and color. He continued in the tradition of Cezanne, to flatten the pictorial surface, adding emotional contact through his use of highly contrasted chromatic harmonies. He worked with Picasso, Matisse, Pissarro, Chagall, Signac, and Bonnard, and regularly exhibited at the Salon des Refuses and des Independents in Paris, which featured paintings that had been formally rejected by the established academic jury. The renown Galerie Durand-Ruel gave him his first one man show in 1898, and a major retro- spective was held at the prestigious Salon d’Automne in 1951.
D’Espagnat understood painting to be the language of chromatic juxtaposition and inner light. His body of work is highly lyrical and infused with tenderness and intimacy in its depiction of languorous nudes, young children with bonnets or colorful floral arrangements. His distinctive style borrows from the Fauve and Nabis movements, replacing bold, expressive compositions with works exuding internal gracefulness and poetic harmony.