Wednesday, 1 July 2015

LOST IMPRESSIONIST - FELIX BRACQUEMOND

SOCIETE ANONYME
DES ARTISTES PEINTRES, SCULPTEURS, GRAVEURS, ETC...
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PREMIÈRE
EXPOSITION
1874
35, boulevard des Capucines, 35
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CATALOGUE
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Prix : 50 centimes

L'exposition est ouverte du 15 avril au 15 mai 1874,
de 10 h. du matin à 6 h. du soir et de 8 h. à 10 h. du soir
PRIX D'ENTREÉE : 1 FRANC.
PARIS
IMPRIMERIE ALCAN-LÉVY,
61, RUE DE LAFAYETTE
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Exposition de 1874
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CATALOGUE

BRACQUEMOND (Félix)
11, Villa Brancas, a Sevres, Seine-et-Oise.
23. Portrait. Dessin.
24. Cadres d'eaux-fortes: Portraits de M.M. Robert. Meyer Hene. Hoshede. Edwards. Aug Comte. Ch Kean. A Legros. Meryon.

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25. Cadres d'eaux-fortes: La locomotive. Le Lièvre. Le divan. Le Tournoi. La source. La servante.
26. Cadres d'eaux-fortes. Les saules. Les Arbres de la manufacture à Sevres. Les Charmes. Les Bouleaux. La Montée de Bellevue. Le mur Les Bachots.
27. Cadres d'eaux-fortes:

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28. Cadres d'eaux-fortes:

TRANSLATION
23. Portrait . Drawing . 
24. Frames of Etchings : Portraits of Robert MM . Meyer Hene . Hoshede . Edwards. Aug Comte . Kean Ch . A Legros . Meryon . 
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25. Frames of Etchings : The locomotive . Hare. The couch. Tournament. Source. The servant.
26. Frames of Etchings . Willows . Trees of the factory in Sevres . Les Charmes . The Birches . Rise of Bellevue . The Wall punts . 
27. Frames of etchings :
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28. Frames of etchings :

TIP
It seems that most pieces Bracqumond had in the exhibition were collections of etchings. These kind of works often find their way into the dusty back rooms of antique shops in Paris because the style has fallen out of favour. Most are impossible to trace.

Edouard Manet by Félix Bracquemond
Terrace of the Villa Brancas' etching by Félix Bracquemond 1876
Participant in the 1874 First Impressionist Exhibition 
(Salon des Refusee)

When researching paintings for lost impressionist blogs, I try to find an example of their work that may have appeared in the 1874 exhibition. Although this was from a couple of years later, I think it reflects the style of work he would have exhibited. 

Most of his work seems to be portraits. His sketches of artist friends are lively and interesting, but his works of the wealthy and famous are in the staid style of the day. Perhaps he was refused at the Salon, because he didn't have a unique style.

Above is an 1867 portrait of one of the central figures of the impressionist movement, Edouard Manet. Obviously, the work is more complete than his sketches, but because it is a friend, perhaps it is more expressive than most of his portraits. 

The 1876 etching of two ladies was a personal piece and also demonstrates some of the emotion and freedom missing in pieces created for sale: The etching depicts his wife, artist Marie Bracquemond, painting her sister.

For more examples of his art click here.

THE SALON DES REFUSEES

In 1874 a relatively insignificant exhibition of 30 Artists, took place in Paris, France. At the time Impressionism was a radical new style being explored by a small group of artists in the city of light. Because the style bucked tradition, many were turned away by the Salon, which was the most important exhibition of the Parisian calendar. The loosely formed group, headed by Edouard Manet, elected to put together a non juried exhibition, the only criteria being that the Salon had refused your submission. As such, the exhibition included many fringe artists that are relatively unknown today.

I like to think I would have been one of this radical group, mixing with Manet, Monet, Degas and Lautrec, meeting in the parks, coffee shops and night clubs of 19th Century Paris, living outside convention and involved in the process of change. Because I feel such a connection to Belle Epoch Paris and the Impressionist movement, I will be introducing some of these relative unknowns over time.

Félix Bracquemond (1833 - 1914) French (see Note Peter James Field) 

CRIMSON PETALS

I can't think of Manet without thinking of flowers, so naturally my painting today is of a beautiful rose.This is mounted on an 1" expresso block which stands on it's edge or hangs on the wall. It is available on Daily Paintworks.

by Sea Dean
4 x 6" Windpower
Block mounted

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