Le Matin aux Fontaines by Adolphe Monticelli (French, 1824 - 1886)
Adolphe Monticelli
French, 1824 - 1886

Le Matin aux Fontaines

Oil on panel
7 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (19.05 x 49.53 centimeters)
Framed: 14 x 26 inches (35.56 x 66.04 centimeters)

Signed lower left: Monticelli

SOLD

Provenance:
Mrs. Harold F. Wendel, Portland, OR
Thence by descent to current owner, Private Collection, San José, CA

Adolphe Monticelli (French, 1824 - 1886)

Adolphe Monticelli arrived in Paris from his native Provence in 1846 and became a pupil of Paul Delaroche. Still, the master who was to have the greatest influence over the young Monticelli was N. V. Diaz de la Peña, whom he met when he returned to Paris from 1855 to 1856. Monticelli’s visits to Paris exposed him to the Rococo Revival, which was being popularized by artists including Diaz, and he started producing scenes of courtly figures in garden settings à la Watteau. This became a favorite subject, and from the 1860s until the end of his career Monticelli treated numerous variations on the theme.

The Prussian siege of Paris in 1870 forced Monticelli to return to Marseilles. His final sixteen years were his most productive. The vibrant colors and thick, impastic surfaces of his late works struck a responsive chord in the young Vincent Van Gogh, who collected Monticelli’s paintings and expressed his indebtedness to the older artist’s work.

Selected Museum Collections:
High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen; musée national du château de Compiègne; Musée national Magnin, Dijon; National Gallery, London; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon; Musée Cantini and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Musée national Jean Jacques Henner, Paris; Musée Alfred Danicourt, Péronne; Musée des Beaux-Arts de RouenMusée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg;

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