Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reading, writing, & fishing with Armand Guillaumin 1841-1927

.1882 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) The Future Madame Guilaumin Reading

Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927), Impresssionist painter known for his intense colors, is most famous for his landscapes of Paris, Creuse, & Esterel areas.

1890 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin Sitting in a Garden

Born in Paris, into a working-class family from Moulins, he started to work at the age of 15, in his uncle's store in 1857, while attending evening art lessons.

1890 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Woman with Blue Cape and Scarf

In 1860, he began working on the Paris-Orleans railway line, drawing during his free time. He finally quit his job to begin attending the Academy Suisse, where he met lifelong friends Cezanne & Pissarro. He was not independently wealthy & his paintings did not sell as well as theirs.

1892 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin

After spending 2 years without working & selling few paintings, in 1868, he began working as a night employee in the highways department, while painting during the day.

Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guillaumin Fishing

At the beginning of the 1870s, he worked with Pissarro in Pontoise, a village of farmers hardly affected by industrialization, sharing Picasso's love for landscape painting & his bent for carefully constructed composition.

Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin

The artists often visited Paul Gachet in Auvers, a medical doctor practising in a working district in Paris, who was a socialist, a free-thinker, & a regular at the Café Guerbois, who supplied them with food & housing.

1894 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin Writing

With his friends, Guillaumin was one in the first group exhibition of the Impressionists in 1874, & exhibited his works in most of the ensuing Impressionist shows, as well as at the Salon des Refusés. His paintings still did not sell well enough for him to support himself.

Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin

In the mid-1880s he became a friend of Van Gogh, & some of his paintings were sold by Théo Van Gogh.


Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin

In 1886, he married his cousin Marie-Joséphine Charreton, a school teacher who supported him financially. From this point on, he painted more subjective portraits of his wife & daughter, in addition to his more typical landscapes.

1895 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin Reading

In the 1890s, he started using very expressive colors, anticipating the Fauves. Finally, in 1891, he won at the national lottery, which enabled him to concentrate on his painting & to move regularly between Agay, Crozant, & Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, as well as traveling to Holland in 1903-04.
1895 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guillaumin

Guillaumin died in 1927, at the age of 86, the last survivor of the Impressionists group.

1898 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin

1901 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) The Artist's Daughter Mademoiselle Guilaumin

1907 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) The Artist's Daughter Mademoiselle Guilaumin Reading


1889 Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Madame Guilaumin  Mother and Child



Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Marguerite Guillaumin Reading 1914


Armand Guillaumin (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1927) Self Portrait


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