Charles Filiger (Thann 1863 - Brest 1928)

Still Life with a Pot and Pumpkin Sold

Watercolour and gouache on a thin card.
Signed Ch. Filliger at the lower left.
Inscribed offert / a Léon par sa mere / Melina Rodde / 20 Fevrier 1929 on the verso.
160 x 225 mm. (6 1/4 x 8 7/8 in.)

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Included in several recent exhibitions, the present sheet is an early work by the artist, who signed his name with two L’s – the correct spelling of his family surname – only at the beginning of his independent career. Like many of his contemporaries, Filiger briefly experimented with the pointilliste technique in the late 1880’s, and he exhibited two small pointillist watercolours at the fifth Salon des Indépendants in 1889. Still life subjects, however, are very rare in Filiger’s oeuvre.

Provenance:
Melina Rodde
Given by her to her son Léon Rodde in February 1929
Yves Diguet, Auvers-sur-Oise
Acquired from him by a private collector in 1980
Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne.

Literature:
Ronald Pickvance, Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, exhibition catalogue, Indianapolis and elsewhere, 1994, p.99, no.70; Ronald Pickvance, Gauguin und die Schule von Pont-Aven, exhibition catalogue, Künzelsau, 1997, pp.186-187, no.70.

Charles FILIGER

Still Life with a Pot and Pumpkin

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