"Suburbs By Emile Colinus (1884-1966)"An oil on canvas measuring 73X60 cm (without the frame) representing a suburb of Paris signed Colinus in a painted frame.
Emile Colinus, born November 17, 1884 in Paris and died August 18, 1966 in Paris, is a French painter and draftsman. Former student of the Academy of Montmartre, Colinus receives a solid academic training, marked by Realism, taught in the workshop founded by Fernand Cormon in 1888 and André Lhote took the lead in 1907. The latter introduces Colinus to the latest trends of modern art turned to a simplification of forms. The paintings he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants from 1925 on the occasion of his first participation, synthesize, in a personal way, the heritage of Cormon and Lothe. His palette was, at that time, composed of soft and warm colors, which do not suggest bright colors that he will use thereafter. The colors are surrounded by a line of black outline and net which attests the borrowing made to cloisonnism popularized by the painters of Pont-Aven. The cloisonné painting of Colinus will remain his signature even if the painter tries, like many other artists, in different ways. If the styles vary, Paris remains his muse. Among the emblematic monuments that span the Seine, Colinus paints a partial view of the Pont Neuf presented to the Independents of 1947. In this painting, as in those painted during the war, the material is applied to the knife, a technique he will abandon. quickly to return to the brush and his practice before 1940. Emile Colinus, as rightly said Gérald Schurr, is the "very free interpreter of the Parisian landscape. His personal vision, made of poetic ingenuity and good-natured, tenderness a little melancholy, gives a new face, a kind of familiar and unusual intimacy, the most famous neighborhoods, the most "portraitured" monuments of the city before him " . Emile Colinus marries Renée Unik, a painter too. This former student of Jules Adler and Georges Berges at the Académie Julian is a specialty portraits of indigents she immortalizes in a collection of watercolors entitled "The Va-Nu-Pieds", published by André Barry in 1945 The canvases that Colinus addresses at the Salon des Indépendants of 1928 and 1929 and which represent the area near the postern of the poplars, as well as the door of Vanves, are painted following this popular inclination. At the same time, he performs engravings with similar themes. He engraved the old Paris streets unhygienic, like the one that initiated the etching, the engraver Jean-Charles Forget, whose Colinus presents a painted view of the workshop Salon des Independants of 1930. in engravings, he exhibited two prints at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, in 1928 and 1929. The artist couple traveled little, but went, in 1931, to the edge of the Mediterranean which Colinus reports a landscape that exposes to the Independents that year. In 1956, Colinus spends the summer in Martel (Lot), in a villa with garden in which he portrays his wife seated at his easel. During his escapades, the couple goes to the nearby village of Montvalent, remarkable for its natural site overlooking the Dordogne. In 1959, Colinus exhibited at the Salon des Independants two paintings painted in Honfleur, Calvados. These canvases have affinities of style with the paintings that Henri de Saint-Delis painted at Honfleur, where he settled in 1920. Colinus's rare paintings at Honfleur have the same youthful candor in which the flags of fishing boats serve a pretext for the use of pure color, as Matisse and Derain did in Collioure. It is in Provence, however, that Colinus receives the revelation of color. In 1957, at the Salon des Indépendant, he presented his first Provencal landscape, which became his land of inspiration. From his home base, located in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, he crosses the roads that snake in the Alpilles, from where he brings back many bright views of light. The painter also often uses shadows including those of olive trees, like those planted along the Canal des Alpilles. During the last two decades of his career, Emile Colinus evaded his Provencal idyll only to assume his duties, in Paris, as a member of the committee of the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, to which he remained faithful until his last breath. He died in Paris on August 18, 1966.