Saturday, September 21, 2013

Portraits of Women for a Rainy Day by Frenchman Louis Anquetin 1861–1932


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) Femme au parapluie


Some folks have asked how I choose topics for the daily postings. Well, here goes. This morning I was listening to the weather forcaster announce that it would be raining all afternoon and throughout the night. And I began to think of umbrella paintings and remembered the colorful paintings of Louis Anquetin.


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) Juliette 1890


Louis Anquetin was born in Étrépagny, France and educated at the Lycée Pierre Corneille in Rouen. In 1882, he came to Paris and began studying art at Léon Bonnat's studio, where he met Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The two artists later moved to the studio of Fernand Cormon, where they befriended Émile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. Around 1887, Anquetin and Bernard developed a painting style that used flat regions of color and thick, black contour outlines.


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) Woman with Umbrella 1890


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) Woman Reading 1890


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) La Promenade 1892


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) Portrait of a Lady


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) The Streets of Paris


Louis Anquetin (French artist, 1861–1932) Portrait of a Woman 1890


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