Friday, 31 July 2015

THE BEGINNINGS OF IMPRESSIONISM - Paintings of Zacharie Astruc

LANDSCAPE WITH WAGON AND HAYSTACKS by Zacharie Astruc 1869-70
Exposition de 1874
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CATALOGUE

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ASTRUC (Zacharie) 5, rue d'Arcet (Batignolles), Paris

 The address is probably where his studio was located which may or may not have been his residence.

1. Le Bouquet à la Pénitente. Aquerelle. 
2. La Lecon du vieux Torrero. Aquerelle. 
3. Cadre de figures contenant: 
4. Cadre de figures renfermant: 
5. Les Poupées blanches (Japon).
6. Le Ménage mal assorti.

TRANSLATION 
1. The bouquet of the penitent , water color 
2. Lesson of the old bull fighter , water color
3. Figures, Framework
4. Figures , Framework 
5. White Dolls , Japan 
6. Cleaning mismatched

THE MASK SELLER by Zacharie Astruc
Roses négligemment jetées sur un vase by Zacharie Astruc






















I was unable to locate any of the paintings Zacharie Astruc showed in the first impressionist exhibition. LANDSCAPE WITH WAGON AND HAYSTACKS was painted a few years before the exhibition. ROSES CARELESSLY THROWN ON A VASE shows his style, which flagrantly avoids Salon rules.

He was also a sculptor as shown in the interesting statue THE MASK SELLER, now standing in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris.

But his main claim to fame was as an art critic and many examples of his writing are on the internet. During the first impressionist exhibition he published daily glowing reports on the painters and their work in a Paris newspaper. This early publicity must have done wonders for attendance at the exhibition and the subsequent notoriety of the group.

PORTRAIT OF ZACHARIE ASTRUC by Félix Bracquemond

WAYWARD ROSE by Sea Dean

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