"Louis Hayet (1864-1940) "
/ Very beautiful watercolor by Louis Hayet representing a riverside circa 1895/1900, probably the banks of the Oise, signed with the studio stamp lower left. Format without frame 14.5x17cm. It is therefore a magnificent neo-impressionist watercolor by Louis Hayet, made around 1895/1900, most likely made on the banks of the Oise. As usual, Hayet pays particular attention to his motif, which he treats here in watercolor in small touches, in shades of greens, oranges, blues ... he also plays with the support by leaving reserves, emblematic technique divisionist and pointillist painters. The colors remain, even today, of an astonishing freshness, especially for a watercolor of more than 120 years. I will only introduce Louis Hayet succinctly as his fame is well established, in fact he was part with Seurat, Signac, Camille and Lucien Pissarro, Dubois-Pillet, Angrand, Gausson, Luce or Pourtau of the precursors of the neo movement -impressionist. Even if he is probably the least side of the group, a bit like Guillaumin among the Impressionists, due in part to a very hard life, he was forced to provide for his family, but also because of his strong character, since 'he refused several exhibitions which were going to be decisive, as well as to exhibit at large merchants ......... despite this, amateurs are not mistaken about the quality of his painting and the importance he had in this famous movement. Louis Hayet was born in Pontoise, his parents, Calixte Hayet and Léontine Dufour, are very poor. At school, Louis Hayet is shy and reserved but is considered intelligent and gifted. His predisposition for painting appeared in 1876. From 1877 to 1884, he traveled the roads with his father, a traveling merchant. He succeeded in enrolling in the School of Decorative Arts (Paris). He joined the neo-impressionist group, first with Camille Pissarro and his son Lucien, then Paul Signac and especially Georges Seurat, who marked him deeply. First pointillist, he returned to a more classic way in 1890, after exhibiting La Place de la Concorde aux Indépendants with the Groupe des XX, and Paul Signac deleted any mention of Louis Hayet in the second edition of his work D'Eugène Delacroix to neo-impressionism (the manifesto of pointillism). He painted circus scenes and cityscapes in the spirit of Seurat. He has a workshop in La Frette, and produces many landscapes of the surroundings. We owe him seascapes from his travels in Brittany, views of Montmartre where he had a studio in rue d'Orchampt in 1890. He was a witness at the wedding of the painter Georges Tardif in 1894 at the town hall of the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Exhibiting at Le Barc de Boutteville at the end of 1895, he met Lugné-Poe who asked him, for thirty years, to create sets for the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre, without winning his case. His cousin, director of the d'Alembert school in Montévrain, hired him as an ornamental drawing teacher, a position he kept until 1911. In 1910, he won the Lépine competition for his tripod articulated with his table. triptych. Hayet devoted the end of his career to scientific research on pigments or color, without ceasing to paint. His production was reduced from the end of the 1920s. He published a philosophical tale in 1932, Kun l'ahuri. A college in the town of Cormeilles-en-Parisis (Val-d'Oise) received the name of the painter in his homage. Some critics, including his biographer Jean Sutter, consider Hayet's production to be quite difficult to date and totaling 500 canvases, half of which would have disappeared and the other half were saved in extremis from the landfill ....! This watercolor is therefore in perfect condition, delivered in a nice modern frame. Authentic guarantee Provenance: Binoche sale in October 2002