Vue de Rouen by Antoine Vollon (French, 1833 - 1900)
Antoine Vollon
French, 1833 - 1900

Vue de Rouen

Oil on canvas
13 x 16 1/8 inches (33.02 x 40.96 centimeters)
Framed: 19 1/2 x 23 inches (49.53 x 58.42 centimeters)

Signed lower right: A Vollon

SOLD

Provenance:
N.M. Vose Gallery, Providence RI, before 1924
Mrs. James E. Spiegelberg
Sale of the above: American Art Association / Anderson Galleries, NY, 4 Feb 1932, lot. 115
M. Newton (purchased from the above)
Thomas Colville Fine Art, NY
Private Collection, CA

Antoine Vollon (French, 1833 - 1900)

Antoine Vollon was a versatile painter whose work defies the typical labels and classifications that often define painters of 19th-century France. Often associated with Bonvin and Ribot and the resurgent interest in 17th-century Dutch painting initiated by the Realists, Vollon was also a close friend of Edouard Manet, whose influence was of great importance to his work. While Vollon is often associated with his richly-colored still-life paintings redolent of 17th-century taste, yet his oeuvre also includes a great number of street scenes, landscapes, and genre scenes, and during his lifetime he was considered an important painter of modern life.

Despite this range of his subjects, the strength and confidence of Vollon’s hand is evident throughout his work. The important critic Albert Wolff once wrote, “ If painting had not existed, Vollon would have invented it.”1 Vollon’s paintings show a lively brushwork and rich, thick surface that reveal’s the painter’s love of his medium.

  1. E. Martin, Antoine Vollon, peintre (1833-1900), Marseille, 1923, p. 19, note 1; rpt in C. Tabler, Antoine Vollon, a painter’s painter (New York, Wildenstein, 2004): p. 10.

Select Bibliography:
Tabler, Carol, Antoine Vollon (1833-1900), A Painter’s Painter, Wildenstein, NY, 2004.

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