"Emile Chaumont (1877-1927) - Farm In Sorges Dordogne Périgord"Emile CHAUMONT
(Périgueux 1877 - 1927)
Farm in Sorges
Oil on canvas
H. 32 cm; L. 41 cm
Signed lower left, located on the back
Provenance: Private collection, Périgord
The Saint-Georges district of Périgueux was the cradle and the place of life of this poetic painter. After the beginnings of classical studies, he had to leave high school on the death of his parents to go into a gainful occupation. His older brother and tutor, knowing his pronounced taste for drawing allowed him to learn lithography in the Dupont printing house. He greatly appreciated this choice and evolved in his hometown until becoming master craftsman of the Ronteix house.
Mobilized for the whole of the war from 1915, Emile Chaumont distinguished himself by "his remarkable attitude of energy and enthusiasm" by returning from the front with the war cross. It was on his return that he made the decision to join Bordeaux and the Pech printing works.Certainly a painter before, it was really at this time that he devoted himself to his passion during all his free hours. A pupil of the professor Léon Félix and Albert Laurens, whose inspiration we feel, it was however under his own ideas that Chaumont developed his art.
He followed Jean-Louis Daniel in Corrèze, crossed the Périgord, but also the Gironde Landes. His always bright landscapes borrowing a full range of colors had real success and were even crowned with an honorable mention at the Salon des Artistes Français. Apart from these landscapes, Emile Chaumont produced numerous staged portraits and still lifes of remarkable quality. He died at only fifty years old in the Saint-Georges district, where he was born, in the home of his brother Léopold Chaumont, director of the newspaper l'Avenir de la Dordogne, after long suffering from an incurable disease. The city of Périgueux dedicated a posthumous exhibition to him critically acclaimed in 1946 and offered his hometown a street in the name of the artist.
As usual, Chaumont depicts a small corner of the countryside with his impressionist touch inherited from Jean-Louis-Daniel, to which he adds his very particular hues. This farm that the artist located in Sorges, north-east of Périgueux, is an important representation of small architecture and local landscapes at the beginning of the 20th century.