Description & Technical information

Charles Angrand was born in Criquetot-sur-Ouville on 19 April 1854. This village is located equidistant from the cliffs of the Pays de Caux and the meanders of the Seine. His father was a schoolteacher and wanted his son to follow this path. This will be the case for his sister Marie and the youngest Paul.

After primary school, he left his countryside and came to Rouen. He attended the Ecole Normale and was appointed teacher in Lillebonne in 1874, then became a repeating teacher at the Lycée Corneille and on 30 January 1875 aspiring
repeater for special secondary education. Drawing courses were also given in this Rouen institution, and in the enclave of Sainte-Marie, a stone's throw from the Lycée, was the Academy of Drawing and Painting of Rouen under the direction of Gustave Morin. Charles Angrand then turned to the arts.

In 1876, Paul Dambier, son of a postmaster, was appointed aspirant repeater at the Corneille High School. The two men became friends for fifty years.

Charles Angrand exhibited at the Rouen Municipal Salon in 1878, then in 1880 and 1882. Faced with the difficulties encountered, he decided to leave Rouen for Paris, and went to the Chaptal College, 45 boulevard des Batignolles, near the Saint-Lazare station and the Place de Clichy, for the start of the school year on 2 October 1882.

Every school holiday, the young artist returned to Criquetot-sur-Ourville to "express the good Normandy land that is not lazy". The farmyard of the family home was all he needed to find his motives. It is in perfect symbiosis with the
Cauchois environment and this is the case in our painting, "Paysanne milking a cow". Made in the summer of 1883, it is a prefiguration of "Paysan ou Dans le jardin" or "Le Carré de choux" or "Dans le jardin".

Date:  1883
Period:  19th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed and dated lower left: Ch. Angrand 1883
Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr François de Lespinasse on November 30th 2019.

Dimensions: 54 x 65 cm (21¹/₄ x 25⁵/₈ inches)

M. Dambier collection (1858-1927), friend of the artist. Then by descent.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints