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.ENQUIRE
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.
Peter H. Dietsch, New YorkBy descent to a private collection, London.