George AURIOL (Beauvais 1863 - Paris 1938)

Breton Landscape: Design for a Fan Sold

Watercolour, over an underdrawing in pencil, and with framing lines in pencil.
Signed with the artist’s monogram GA in a box in red ink near the lower right.
Inscribed Georges / Auriol / Bretagne (?) du marais(?) / (?) 150- at the lower right.
173 x 450 mm. (6 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.) [image] at greatest dimensions.
325 x 495 mm. (12 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.) [sheet]

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This view in Brittany is one of a handful of watercolours drawn by Auriol as designs for fans; indeed, at the time that his work was first exhibited, at the Société des Peintres-Graveurs in 1893, one of the works he showed was a woodcut of a design for a fan, made for the dramatist Charles Maurice Donnay.

The present sheet displays the influence of the colour woodcuts and lithographs of Breton scenes produced by his close friend and teacher, Henri Rivière, which were in turn inspired by Japanese prints. The particular form of the artist’s monogram, stamped in red ink at the lower left, was used by Auriol between 1899 and his death.

George AURIOL

Breton Landscape: Design for a Fan

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