Pierre PRINS (Paris 1838 - Paris 1913)

A View of the English Channel at Puys, near Dieppe Sold

Pastel on paper, laid down on board.
Signed Pierre Prins at the lower right.
Inscribed La mer à Puys / Pierre Prins on the backing board.
283 x 382 mm. (11 1/8 x 15 in.)

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As one scholar has written of Pierre Prins, ‘In order to vary the infinite charms of the rising and setting sun, to display all the waves and vibrations, all the scintillations in the atmosphere, the greatest expanse of sky was necessary. For this reason, Prins reduced the lower band of his compositions – land or sea – to the strictest minimum…For Prins the sky was the reflection of the uncertain, changing, ephemerous world below.’

A number of stylistically comparable pastel landscapes by Pierre Prins are in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.

Pierre PRINS

A View of the English Channel at Puys, near Dieppe

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