Wednesday, 19 August 2015

THE BEGINNINGS OF IMPRESSIONISM - EDOUARD BELIARD

PONTOISE - VUE DEPUIS L ECLUSE 1872-5

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.

ÉDOUARD BELIARD 
(1832 - 1912) French
Participated in the First Impressionist Exhibition (Salon des Refusee)

Edouard was a bit older than most impressionists and his work in the first exhibition has been termed a "retrospective". He was in fact one of the artists that helped set up the exhibition in 1874. He was first exhibited at the Salon in 1862 and then spent time in London. He was influenced by Corot and painted with both Degas and Pissarro, which can be observed in some of his work. 

Beliard was one of the artists that met at the Cafe Guerbois in Paris with other like minded Bohemian types like Emile Zola and most of the early impressionists. What a place that must have been on Sundays and Thursdays when you could rub shoulders with a young Monet or vociferous Manet. 


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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BELIARD (E.)
Chez M. Martin, marchand de tableaux, rue Laffitte, 52.
13. Le Fort de la Halle. Appartient à M. D.
14. Saules.
15. Rue de l'Hermitage, à Pontoise.
16. Vallée d'Auvers

GOOGLE TRANSLATION13. The Fort de la Halle. Owned by Mr. D. 
14. Saules
15. Rue de l' Hermitage, Pontoise
16. Valle d' Auvers

THE BANKS OF THE OISE (1875)
This is one artist that I can get close to showing you what his first exhibition work looked like. The painting "Pointoise, Vue by the locks" and "The Banks of the Oise" were finished a year after the exhibition. 

The painting amongst my work that most resembles Beliard's work is Red Trees, probably because the person I was emulating, A.Y. Jackson, was working in Canada around the same time, but had studied in Paris. RED TREES is available at Daily Paintworks.





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