"Louis Mathieu Verdilhan (1875-1928) Impressionist Landscape At The Lake"
Very nice oil on canvas of the Provencal master Louis Mathieu Verdilhan (1875-1928). The work done in the early twentieth century, certainly during the period called the Versaillaise, is in line with the great Impressionists. In good condition, it is framed in a sober golden and black frame that suits him very well. It is signed lower left, and represents a boat on a pond or lake in a landscape. It measures frame included 73 cm by 98 cm and 55 by 81 without the frame. The family of Louis Mathieu Verdilhan moved to the Chartreux district in Marseille in 1877. Born into a poor family, he apprenticed to a house painter in 1890 but began drawing with the support of the artist. Marseille painter Eugène Giraud (Marseille 1848-1937). In 1895, he opened a workshop that he will keep his whole life, at No. 12 rue Fort-Notre-Dame. In 1898, he left for the first time in Paris and worked at the decorator Adrien Karbowsky responsible for a part of the ornamentation of the Wood Fair of the decorative arts pavilion for the 1900 World's Fair, then returned the following year in Marseille. In 1902, he lost his left eye, which did not prevent him from painting. His artistic career began in 1902 in Marseille with an exhibition at rue Saint-Ferréol then, in 1905, an exhibition at the Palace of Architects at the Avenue du Prado. He also exhibited in Paris in 1906 at the Salon des Independants: Fields of poppies (1906), Priest and choir boy (1910), Place de l'Horloge (1911), House almond (1913), The jug with flowers (1914) ... From 1908 he also participated in the Salon d'automne. In 1909, he spent six months in Versailles where he made many paintings. He occupied from 1910 to 1914 a workshop at No. 12 quay of Rive Neuve, in warehouses where are already installed the painters Girieud and Lombard (local which will be later, from 1946 to 1993 the workshop of the painter François Diana). Mobilized in Toulon during the First World War, Louis Mathieu Verdilhan rubbed shoulders with Albert Marquet, whose influence he was influenced by, but also André Suarès and Antoine Bourdelle. After the war, he resides successively in Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Toulon. On March 16, 1919, he married Hélène Casile, younger daughter of the painter Alfred Casile. His notoriety increases and he exposes until New York to the gallery Kraushaar. For the city of Marseille, he painted a painting for the Opéra de Marseille: this painting represents the festival of July 14 in Marseille and was much criticized during the inauguration of the opera Passionate by the Old Port , he made more 130 representation between 1913 and 1920 [ref .. He dies of a cancer of the larynx December 15, 1928. His widow remarries with a Polytechnic engineer, Gaston Vanneufville, and will have a daughter: the actress Geneviève Casile . His works can be seen in many museums and public collections: Albi, Toulouse-Lautrec museum: Boat at Avignon quay, Calvet museum: View of the Old Port in Marseille Granville, Museum of modern art Richard Anacréon: Provençal landscape Grenoble, museum : Portrait of a man Marseille: Museum of Fine Arts: View of the port of Marseille Town hall on the coast Cantini museum: Self-portrait The Old Port The bestiary The transhipment bridge Town hall on the coast View of the port of Marseille Martigues, Ziem museum: The grand pavois in the port of Marseille Le Vieux-Port in Marseille 1927 The bar of the colonies in Toulon Paris, museum of modern art of the city of Paris: Le Déjeuner, sepia Marseille, boats at the port Toulon, art museum of Toulon : Coin de parc, circa 1911, oil on canvas, 80 × 105 cm Var coast, circa 1907, oil on canvas, 70 × 91 cm Village de Provence, oil on canvas, 80 × 150 cm