The spontaneous gesture gives this painting its energy and power. Through his mastery of oil painting, Anquetin emphasizes his volumes and endows his figures with a rare materiality. The canvas mattness, obtained with a blotter to absorb the shine of the medium, reinforces the dimensionality of the composition. More on this painting
Louis Anquetin (26 January 1861 – 19 August 1932) was a French painter; 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. This style, named cloisonnism by critic Edouard Dujardin, was inspired by both stained glass and Japanese ukiyo-e.
He eventually fell from the public’s eye after abandoning the modern movements, opting instead to study the methods of the Old Masters. Thus, Anquetin’s works following the mid-1890s, such as Rinaldo and Armida, were especially Rubensian and allegorical in nature. More on Louis Anquetin
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