Description & Technical information

This stunning work by Armand Guillaumin is the
epitome of his later expressive works with its bold colour palette and short
punchy brushstrokes, reminiscent of the Fauves. Guillaumin has been called the
‘lost’ Impressionist due to being relatively unknown despite being one of the
original Impressionists who exhibited at the first Impressionist Exhibition in
1874. Here, one can see the interest in light and en plein-air painting but the brushstrokes are looser and more
vigorous. The lyrical zest and vigorousness of his brushstrokes resemble his
paintings to those of Van Gogh, his contemporary and friend, and influenced the
young Matisse. Guillaumin, who was the son of a working-class family, was
always interested in the spaces inhabited and used by the working class, like
here, where the haystacks hint at industry in the idealistic landscape.  He
shows it as a place of ambiguity, where conventional distinctions between urban
and rural, city and country are no longer clear.

Date:  1907
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed ‘Guillaumin’ (lower
right); dated (verso)

Dimensions: 54.1 x 72.39 cm (21¹/₄ x 28¹/₂ inches)

Galerie Druet, Paris;

Private Collection, France;

Private Collection, United States;

Private Collection, United Kingdom


Georges Serret & Dominique Fabiani, Armand
Guillaumin, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, Paris, 1971, no. 576,
illustrated n.p.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints