LAVANDIÈRES AU SOLEIL COUCHANT

Henry Jacques Delpy
LAVANDIÈRES AU SOLEIL COUCHANT
Oil on panel
c. 1920

An original hand-signed Henry Jacques Delpy oil painting.

(Washerwomen at Sunset)

c. 1920

Oil on panel

Signed lower left H.J. Delpy.

18 x 28 inches

Sheet Size: 18 x 28 inches

A characteristic river view by Delpy, the low viewpoint, motionless water and suffusion of soft, clear light all contribute to the mood of pastoral tranquility. The unusually wide format relative to the height adds to a sense of the landscape opening out before the spectator in a romantic sweep of forest and water-meadow. This is a compositional tool of Charles-François Daubigny’s, which the younger Delpy must have learned from his father. It is the viewpoint which the two elder painters would have taken from the deck of Daubigny’s boat, “Le botin,” and it may well be that the Delpys, father and son, later acquired their own boat for painting expeditions.

Henry-Jacques Delpy was born in Bois-le-Roi (Seine-et-Marne) in 1877. His father, Hippolyte-Camille Delpy (1842-1910), was a very prolific artist; a landscapist and engraver influenced by the Barbizon School, and a pupil of Daubigny (1817-78), with whom he enjoyed painting expeditions on the elder painter’s boat. However, he also knew Pissarro and Cézanne, and his work shows the influence of their brushwork and use of color. He went on to exhibit at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. Hippolyte-Camille taught his son, Henry-Jacques, to follow his example; their work is mainly in the style of Daubigny with a slight impressionist flavor. Both father and son produced pictures of similar subjects and in the same idiom: serene and timeless idylls, illuminated by the sun of a golden age. However, Henry-Jacques also painted still life subjects in a much more modern idiom; for example, poppies in a vase, where the areas of flat bold color and graphic treatment are very different from his pastoral landscapes. He was elected a member of the Sociétaire du salon des Artistes Français; he exhibited in the Salon and with the Indépendants.

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