Description & Technical information

This evocative gouache landscape is likely to date from the first decade or so of the 20th century, when Georges de Feure produced a number of small paintings and gouaches of towns and villages that are reminiscent of scenes in the Low Countries. (In June 1922 one of these, A Village in Holland, was acquired from the artist by the French state for the sum of two thousand francs.) As the De Feure scholar Ian Millman has noted of the artist, ‘Whether real or imaginary, the canals, windmills and estuaries of Flanders were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for him… In his Flemish landscapes, De Feure has masterfully captured the light of the North and the peaceful atmosphere of its canals and small towns.’ Similarly, the French novelist Lucien Descaves praised the artist’s landscapes: ‘The light is not necessarily dazzling. There is as much light in Holland as in Italy...The painter breathes in the atmosphere and exhales it in colour.’

Landscapes such as the present sheet find their origins in such earlier works by De Feure as the gouache The Gust of Wind, Holland of c.1900-1903, in a French private collection, in which the landscape elements play a more significant role in what is still essentially an Art Nouveau composition. 

497 x 648 mm. (19 5/8 x 25 1/2 in.) [sheet]

Medium: Gouache on buff paper washed blue, with framing lines in pencil, laid down on board
Signature: Signed de Feur at the lower centre.
Variously inscribed with mountmaker’s inscriptions in pencil in the margins.

Dimensions: 35 x 51.8 cm (13³/₄ x 20³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, in 1992.
Literature: Ian Millman, Georges de Feure: Maître du Symbolisme et de l’Art Nouveau, Courbevoie, 1992, illustrated p.247 (where dated between 1905 and 1912).
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints