Henry SOMM (Rouen 1844 - Paris 1907)

Elegant Figures in a Parisian Square Sold

Brush and brown wash.
Signed Hy. Somm at the lower right.
213 x 321 mm. (8 3/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

ACQUIRED BY THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM.

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Henry Somm is perhaps best known today for his depictions of Parisian society. As the scholar Elizabeth Menon has noted, however, ‘The artist has been termed a “petit impressioniste” by art critics and historians. While some of his works – mainly scenes of leisure in the city of Paris – exhibit stylistic qualities that support this designation in a broad sense, careful examination of his drawings reveal that Somm is a transitional figure between Impressionism and Symbolism, whose subject matter is principally concerned with contemporary life in Paris.’

The fascinating technique of this drawing, with the use of a combination of ink blots and pale brown washes applied with a brush to create a composition devoid of pen outlines, is highly unusual in Somm’s oeuvre.

Provenance:
Peter H. Dietsch, New York
By descent to a private collection, London.

Henry SOMM

Elegant Figures in a Parisian Square

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