Wednesday, 12 August 2015

THE BEGININGS OF IMPRESSIONISM - ANTOINE-FERDINAND ATTENDU


Antoine-Ferdinand Attendu participated in the First Impressionist Exhibition (Salon des Refusee)

THE SALON DES REFUSEES 1874

In 1874 a relatively insignificant exhibition of 30 Artists took place in Paris. 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 loosly 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 silent 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.

ANTOINE-FERDINAND ATTENDU (b. circa 1845 - d. circa 1908) French

Not much is known about the life of Antoine-Ferdinand Attendu. He studied under Louis Mettling and painted mainly in Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine. He was a competent painter that had already been accepted for the Salon exhibition of 1870. 

Attendu painted mainly landscape and still life which is reflected in the six paintings he chose to show at the first Impressionist exhibition. Two of the paintings were watercolour, but he also painted in oil, so he probably sketched in watercolour and worked up larger pieces in oil. A few of his paintings have come on the market in the last 20 years, but his style is not in fashion and he isn't well known, so they don't fetch high prices.


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
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ATTENDU (Antoine-Ferdinand)
3, rue de s Fossés-Saint-Jacques, Paris
7. Nature morte. Appartient à M. A. Q.
8. Un fin Connaisseur.
9. Quelques réflexions (au XIII arrondissement).
10. Nature morte: Musique. Aquarelle.
11. Nature morte: cuisine.
12. Id. id. Aquarelles. Appartiennent à M. J. D.

GOOGLE TRANSLATION
7. Still Life . Owned by Mr. A. Q.
8. An end Aware.
9. Some thoughts (the 13th Arrondissement).
10. Still life: Music . Watercolor .
11. Still life: food.
12. Id . Id. Watercolors. Owned by Mr. J. D.


Finding any of the above mentioned paintings has proven difficult. The catalogue is sketchy at best and many artists didn't name their paintings or gave them a generic name. Sometimes when paintings change country their title is translated or changed, so it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.  

FRENCH BLUE POT
6" x 4" Strathmore Watercolour
by Sea Dean

Each time I talk about a fellow painter I like to search my catalogue for a painting that reminds me of their style or has some other connection. I painted this blue enamel pot in Paris and with the cracked plaster in the background and the french blue colour, it always reminds me of a wonderful trip. It is currently on super auction at Daily Paintworks.

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There's not much known about the artist's life. He was Louis Mettling's student; the painter mostly painted still lifes and landscapes, working in Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine. The painter exhibited at the Salon in 1870 and 1898; he also participated in the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874 with six paintings. - See more at: http://www.artistsandart.com/2011/10/antoine-ferdinand-attendu-french.html#sthash.3PmRNHdp.dpu
There's not much known about the artist's life. He was Louis Mettling's student; the painter mostly painted still lifes and landscapes, working in Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine. The painter exhibited at the Salon in 1870 and 1898; he also participated in the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874 with six paintings. - See more at: http://www.artistsandart.com/2011/10/antoine-ferdinand-attendu-french.html#sthash.3PmRNHdp.dpuf