Antoine VOLLON (Lyon 1833 - Paris 1900)
Landscape at Twilight Sold
Watercolour, pen and grey ink and grey wash. Signed and dated A. Vollon 1871 at the lower left.247 x 329 mm. (9 3/4 x 12 7/8 in.)ENQUIRE
While best known for his still life paintings, Vollon was also a superb landscape painter, although he chose not to exhibit any of his landscapes at the Salon until quite late in his career. In the words of one modern scholar, ‘Vollon was drawn to landscape because of his profound intuitive affinities with the genre. It was, quite simply, what he most loved to paint.’ Characterized by spirited brushwork and vigorous, sketch-like technique, Vollon created landscapes that are often quite close in mood and effect to those of his contemporaries among the Impressionists. The same can be said for his landscape drawings in watercolour, of which the present sheet is a particularly fine and fresh example. As Gabriel Weisberg has written, ‘Known to many only as a painter, Vollon was just as talented a draftsman…especially of landscapes in which he managed to catch the essence of a scene with a minimum of effort.’ Edmond Renoir, who organized the exhibition of Vollon’s work at La Vie Moderne in 1879, noted of the artist’s watercolour drawings that they were ‘all the more precious because they are so extremely rare that connoisseurs vie for them relentlessly.’
A clipping from an unidentified French auction(?) catalogue pasted onto the backing boardM. HewettPrivate collection.