Paul-Emile COLIN (1867 - 1949)

Nocturne: A Barge on the Seine Sold

Watercolour.
Stamped with the Colin atelier stamp (Lugt 3734) on the verso.
239 x 186 mm. (9 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Although Paul-Émile Colin remains much better known today as a printmaker than as a draughtsman, his works in oil, pastel and watercolour appear to have been of equal importance to him. As a contemporary critic wrote in 1913, ‘In spite of the considerable effort and work that his woodcuts represent, Colin has never allowed himself to become totally absorbed by his craft. He has always been attracted to colour. His paintings are still little known and they are rare…His pastels are quite an important body of work that we are trying to judge. They belong to all the periods of his artistic activity; they evoke the landscapes of all the regions where Colin has endeavored to understand the spectacle that Nature offers us.’

A large group of prints and drawings by Colin, numbering nearly five hundred works, is today in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy.

Provenance:
The Colin atelier sale, Metz, Nouvel Hôtel des Ventes, 25 January 2004, lot 137.

Paul-Emile COLIN

Nocturne: A Barge on the Seine

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