(Sorges 1861 - Saint Maur des Fossés 1929)
Undergrowth at Gimel les Cascades
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard
H. 33 cm; L. 41 cm
Donated by the painter's widow in October 1929 (mention on the back)
Provenance: Workshop of the painter until 1929 ; then two private collections, Périgueux
Raised in Sorges, north of Périgueux in a family of wealthy farmers, Jean-Louis Daniel devotes himself to drawing from his high school in Périgueux, following the courses of Jean-Gustave Dose. This taste for the arts will remain in place, despite a career started by the Ponts et Chaussées as an agent, then he became Director of Works of Périgueux. During these years, Daniel befriended Georges Darnet and Jean-Georges Pasquet, and together follow the courses of their common master, Dose. The latter takes them to the banks of the Isle to make picadis, or more removed views of the calm meanders of the river. From 1888, Daniel organized alongside his friends previously mentioned, as well as Bertoletti, Dose and Gérard de Fayolle, the Salon of the Société des Beaux-Arts de la Dordogne, until 1925. He obviously participated in these annual exhibitions by presenting its Perigordian landscapes, like Corrèziens. The Parisian Salon was not to be outdone, since the painter exhibited there in 1908 La Combe des bois, acquired at the time by the Museum of Art and Archeology of Périgord. Daniel uses the technique of Impressionism very early on and shows us from the 1890s works with vivid touches and almost unreal colors. All in impasto, his compositions mainly reflect the landscapes of the region and are innovative for the time. Jean-Louis Daniel will also devote his life to the preservation of Occitan culture, through his investment in the “Bournat dau Périgord” association which organizes the Félibrée every year. He was one of its creative members in 1903, and subsequently wrote several reference works on the Occitan language.
If the Museum of Périgueux also keeps a work representing a house and its garden in Gimel, it is not by chance. Daniel stayed there regularly, observing in the deep valleys of this steep department, the contrasts and the ideal colors in his compositions. Here, this summer view of rocky undergrowth is dotted with spots of light filtering through the coniferous forest. This canvas was offered or sold shortly after the painter's death by his widow, as evidenced by the mention on the back. Several works were in this collection of Périgueux, all having the same provenance.