Eugene Henri Cauchois (French, 1850-1911) "Late Summer Repas"

Eugene Henri Cauchois (French, 1850-1911) "Late Summer Repas"Eugene Henri Cauchois (French, 1850-1911) "Late Summer Repas"

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Lot #: 48
Eugene Henri Cauchois (French, 1850-1911) "Late Summer Repas"

Oil on canvas. Signed 'H. Cauchois Aout 1874' (lower left).

Catalogue Note: The Flemish idiom of flower painting during the first decades of the 19th century combined meticulous draftsmanship enhanced by life-like colors. This style never quite lost its appeal as the 19th century progressed, especially in France, but by the mid-19th century, one can see the emergence of a new variety of flower painters liberated from the realistic botanical approach of their traditional forerunners. Albeit a brief period, French flower painting reached a pinnacle of excellence before the Impressionists' emphasis on decomposition of light or the ruthlessly synthetic approach of many of the other movements such as the Nabis at the turn of the century overwhelmed the market.
As the century progressed, particularly the French School favored a more casual placement of an artful entanglement of garden flowers along a ledge or on the ground. This required great skill to execute and was extremely popular in the 1860's. For the first time in memory, flowers in a more natural setting did not carry the heavy burden of specific botanical or allegorical associations and esoteric language that had been de rigeur previous centuries. In addition, the gradual loosening up of the brushwork gave the finished work a more lifelike feeling.

31 x 47 in.
Private Corporate Collection, Toronto, Canada.
Has been relined.
Auction Date
Nov 29, 2023

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