Oil on canvas
25 x 32.5 cm (with frame: 29.5 x 37 cm)
Signed lower right
Joseph Delattre was born on August 12, 1858 in Déville-lès-Rouen. In 1880, Delattre worked as a glazier with his father and studied in evening classes at the municipal painting school, his first essays showing his stand for Impressionism and against official education. He later joined his friend Charles Frechon, who rented a studio in rue Frigori, with whom he worked. Delattre's condition deteriorates, suffering from the first signs of pneumonia. In 1886, he participated with all the Rouen artists in the Rouen book in 1886, which he illustrated extensively. Two years later, he sent 7 paintings to the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. Delattre founded in 1896 “the Free Academy”. The Normandy countryside then became the studio where he taught young painters such as Marcel Couchaux, Narcisse Guilbert, Narcisse Hénocque, Maurice Louvrier, Georges Bradberry among others. The workshop is frequented by various artists including Camille Pissarro who says of him: "He is an enthusiast that we seem to laugh at here and who, in short, is the only one who has an eye". From 1902, Joseph Delattre, pillar of the Rouen school and fervent defender of Impressionism, moved to Petit-Couronne. He then participated in the life of the town still largely turned towards the Seine and thus became a witness to life in the Crown at the turn of the twentieth century. He set up his easel in the vicinity of the Passage café in Petit-Couronne in 2004; at that time, favorable criticism somewhat comforted the representative of the Rouen school. In 1906, the Society of Rouen Artists was created, and Delattre exhibited there regularly. Although it was only modestly successful, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen acquired five of its paintings. Pneumopathy overcame Joseph Delattre on August 6, 1912 in Petit-Couronne, where most of his works were painted. The following year, a retrospective exhibition by Joseph Delattre was held on the occasion of the 7th exhibition of the Society of Rouen Artists, at the Rouen Museum (91 pieces exhibited).