Description & Technical information

On the occasion of the large exhibition of Georges de Feure's work held at the Galerie de l’Art Nouveau in Paris in 1903, the critic Gabriel Mourey praised the artist's landscape gouaches, noting ‘the quiet peace of these small Dutch villages with pink brick walls, tiny painted houses, tiny gardens...with the bell tower of a tiny church stuck like a tulip above the roofs.’

The De Feure scholar Ian Millman has suggested that works such as this may, as a group, have been intended to represent a sort of panorama of landscapes in different seasons. As he further notes, ‘De Feure developed a highly personal, original approach to the [landscape] genre that may best be described as Art Nouveau landscape painting. It distanced itself from Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism on one hand and the reactions against these movements by Gauguin and the Pont-Aven Group and the Nabis on the other, yet the common factor underlying all these disparate currents was the impact of Japanese art.’

498 x 647 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 Feure at the lower right.

Dimensions: 35.2 x 51.7 cm (13⁷/₈ x 20³/₈ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints