Description & Technical information

Watercolour and pencil, drawn on a page from a small sketchbook.

Louis Hayet was fond of depicting urban Parisian scenes at night. A similar small watercolour of a street with gas lamps, horizontal in format, was also from the Sutter collection and was sold at auction in London in 1977. From the same collection and similar in subject and mood is a watercolour of a nocturnal Parisian scene, sold at auction in 1978.

The present sheet belonged to the doctor and art historian Jean Sutter (c.1910-1977), who published several books on Neo-Impressionism. Sutter owned numerous paintings and drawings by Louis Hayet, of whom he prepared a manuscript catalogue raisonné, which was, however, never published. Sutter also owned works by other Neo-Impressionist artists such as Charles Angrand, Henri Edmond Cross, Maximilen Luce, Hippolyte Petitjean, Paul Signac and Theo van Rysselberghe.

Period:  1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Watercolour, Pencil
Signature: Numbered 16 in pencil at the lower right. 

Dimensions: 18.2 x 11.8 cm (7¹/₈ x 4⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Dr. Jean Sutter, Paris (Lugt 3542), his stamp on the verso
His sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 15 May 2001, lot 123
Alain and Ginette Lesieutre, Paris.


Literature: Guy Dulon and Christophe Duvivier, Louis Hayet 1864-1940: Peintre et théoricien du Néo-impressionnisme, Pontoise, 1991, illustrated in colour p.46 (where dated 1885-1887).


Exhibitions: Pontoise, Musée Tavet, Louis Hayet, oeuvres néo-impressionnistes de 1885 à 1895, 1991.


Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints