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Lot 6: Armand Théophile CASSAGNE (1823-1907) Cour de ferme Aquarelle et crayon Signé en bas à gauche 33,5 x 50 cm
November 18, 2012
Fontainebleau, FranceLive Auction
Description: Armand Théophile CASSAGNE (1823-1907) Cour de ferme Aquarelle et crayon Signé en bas à gauche 33,5 x 50 cm
Notes: Armand Cassagne Theophilus was born May 3, 1823 at Landin (Eure), died in 1907 at Fontainebleau. It is a painter, watercolorist, and lithographer French author, known as the painter of the Fontainebleau forest. Painter related to the Barbizon school, Armand Cassagne painted on the ground. He was a student of English painter and lithographer James Duffield Harding, which is reflected in his treatment of trees and foliage. He especially worked in the forest of Fontainebleau, for 40 years, leaving more than 300 studies, watercolors, paintings (the museum of Melun has devoted an exhibition in 2007, the Apotheosis of the forest of Fontainebleau). In 1904 he donated his collection to the city of Melun, whose funds Cassagne represents the bulk of the museum. He also worked with the same spontaneity, near Barbizon, the Chevreuse valley, the mountains around Grenoble, near the Rhine. In 1857, a student of Violet-le-Duc, he worked as a draftsman to certain works of his master. He is the author of a treatise illustrated Watercolour (1877) and a Treaty perspective applied to artistic and industrial design (Paris, Librairie Ch Fouraut classic and Son, 1884). We know that Vincent Van Gogh self-taught, carefully studied the works of Armand Cassagne. The painter and politician Fred Zeller, in his autobiography Witness of the Century (Grasset) tells how he perpetuated the memory of Armand Cassagne: At fifteen, my parents could only get to my insistence sneak paint Oil. I noticed in front of City Hall at Melun, I was walking with my aunt, a boutique foul occupied by a dirty old man like a pig, but where there was a treasure: a paint box with folding legs . I'm so stressed with my aunt, she finally agreed to join with me in this shop. I had 50 francs in savings, and the box was worth 80. My aunt began to explain to the merchant that he should give it to me for 50 francs. "Take it or leave it! Take it or leave it! "Punctuated it without interruption. In my heart, I hoped that my aunt would agree to pay the remainder. But, short of arguments, the seller lowered his price to 60 francs. And my old aunt finally paid the balance. In fact, we learned on this occasion that this old gentleman was also in the paint box, because it had belonged to Armand Cassagne, who has also, in Melun, a street in his name. (...) Armand Cassagne was a minor master of the Barbizon school. He is buried in the cemetery north of Melun, in a monumental rock of Fontainebleau. It was me who his paintbox. I worked on his palette most of my life.