Roger with his mastiff, by Bernard Boutet. 🎨 A superb6/24/2021, 7:02:12 PM
Roger with his mastiff, by Bernard Boutet. 🎨 A superb portrait of the artist's brother Roger, using the "au repérage" method (meaning with a separate plate for each colour), a technique that had just been rediscovered. Bernard Boutet very quickly became the undisputed master of this technique. His first etchings, which he always did as a follow-up to an oil on canvas show the influence of Whistler. This expressive and eye-catching depiction of his nearest brother, who was very fond of hunting and had all different species of dog for that purpose, is one of my very favorites by the French artist. 🧑🎨 Bernard Boutet de Monvel (French, 1881-1949) was a painter, sculptor, engraver, fashion illustrator and interior decorator. Although first known for his etchings, son his geometric paintings from the 1900s and his Moroccan works made during World War I got noticed. In both Europe and the United States, where he often traveled, he also became known as a portrait painter for high society clients. A multidisciplinary talent that indeed produced very unique and fresh canvases! Early paintings were composed with bright pigments and strong blue shadows. In 1904, after a field trip to Florence, he suddenly shifted to a pointillist style, with a more vibrant light and lesser presence of perspective. He was an innovaor during his whole life: in 1909 he exhibited a manifesto painting entitled Esquisse, a portrait made using only a ruler and a pair of compasses. This geometric vision of a dandy drew critical censure and mockery of it as "rectilinear painting". Nonetheless, it laid the foundations for his signature style and helped to develop a path towards Art Deco. Working with a refined geometric linearity, he reduced his palette to black and a few greys and earth tones handled as flat tints. He also tended to draw from a low perspective angle to accentuate the monumentality of his subjects, producing very original and eye-catching portraits in a personal style. Do not miss this one! 📐 Height: 250 cm (98.5 in). Width: 176 cm (69.2 in). Oil on canvas, 1904. 🏛 Private collection. What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!