"Théodore Gudin (1802-1880), View Of The Long Stone Of Batz-sur-mer"
Théodore Gudin (1802-1880) View of the Long Stone of Batz-sur-Mer, circa 1830 Oil on canvas 30.2 x 21.8 cm Our painting shows the Long Stone or mehnir of Saint Michel from the beach of Batz-sur -Mer, circa 1830. The chromatic palette is similar to Gudin's productions in those years. We can compare our painting to a work kept at the Museum of Fine Arts in Quimper spotted the port of Camaret in 1830. Théodore Gudin is a painter of the Romantic movement, first a pupil of Girodet. Passionate about the navy, he joined a brig in the United States in 1819 before joining his brother in Paris, himself a pupil of Horace Vernet. After the death of his brother during a shipwreck from which he miraculously escaped in 1823, he concentrated completely on marine paintings for which he won great success and important orders from the power of restoration under Charles X and Louis Philippe. As early as 1822 Gudin befriended the writer Eugène Sue, who taught him to ride and to whom he taught drawing. Sue himself was a close friend of Balzac to whom he introduced the painter as evidenced by his correspondence. It is probably during a passage around 1830 with Sue at Balzac that the young Gudin realizes his landscape. Indeed Balzac owned a house in Batz-sur-Mer where he used to receive a few close friends.