Trinity House Paintings
Charles Angrand was taught at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rouen and following his training he very much aligned himself with avant-garde tendencies, exhibiting in Impressionist circles from 1880. However, what distinguishes Angrand from many others is his visibly distinct and uniformly directionalized brushstrokes that he so frequently used in backgrounds. This element of design is not apparent in the somewhat less orchestrated ‘en plein air’ impressionist habits. In Angrand’s earliest works from around 1881 the landscape scenes appear somewhat flat, reminiscent of the parallel composition present in the work of Manet, Degas and De Nittis.