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Ferdinand du Puigaudeau

The garden (Le jardin)


Ferdinand du Puigaudeau

Nantes 1864 – 1930 Le Croisic

Oil on canvas, 14.37 x 19.69 in. (36.5 x 50 cm). Signed and dated 'Puigaudeau 1886' lower right.
Housed in a hand-crafted period style frame, 21.26 x 26.18 in. (54 x 66.5 cm).

Catalogue raisonné Nr. 248. The Catalogue states this painting is the earliest artwork known by du Puigadeau.
Antoine Laurentin, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, Tome I, Editions Thierry Salvador, Paris, 1989, page 372 (illustrated).

Provenance: Jules Paressant Collection, Nantes, France.

Price: € 14,000.- / $ 16,000.- free global shipping to most destinations

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau is considered a romantic intimist painter among the famous post-impressionist artists.

This painting shows the brush work of Impressionism. Although the subject is different from later period artworks, the capability as well as the readiness to represent color in all its subtlety can be recognized already.

Puigaudeau's distinctive impressionistic style is evident in his variations of color and depictions of light. Throughout his career, Puigaudeau maintained a systematic search for vivid, luminous color. In each piece of art, the fleeting effects of light and color are his true subject: sunsets, candlelight, and the effects of the flickering sun or moonlight on water.

Ferdinand-Auguste-Marie Loyen du Puigaudeau was born in Nantes in 1864. As a boy he was close to his uncle Henri de Chateaubriant, who encouraged his artistic pursuits. In 1882, the young man traveled to Italy and to Tunisia.

In 1886, Puigaudeau went to Pont-Aven, well known among all painters of the time, where he befriended Charles Laval and Gauguin. His relationship with these two artists was very close, as evidenced by their planned trip to Panama and Martinique in 1887. However Puigaudeau, called Piccolo by Gauguin, couldn't join his friends because he instead had to enlist in the army.

In 1890, he presented his works for the first time at the Salon de la Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Through his father, he made acquaintance with Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous mecene of the Impressionists, who then proceeded to exhibit Puigaudeau's paintings along with those of Henry Delavallée.

In 1897, Degas purchased his "Fireworks" at Durand-Ruel, and from then onward they enjoyed a lasting friendship, exchanging letters throughout their lives.

In 1904, the artist broke off his relationship with Durand-Ruel and left for Venice, where Puigaudeau painted more than 50 canvases on the subject.

Upon his return to Paris, the artist found himself in a critical financial situation. As a consequence he and his family had to move to the village of Bourg de Batz in Atlantic Loire, where their friends had lent them an austere villa Fort Hikerik in which they could live. The artist then found a new merchant in Nantes and exhibited at various regional Fairs.

In 1907, Puigaudeau leased the manor Kervaudu for very favorable terms and settled permanently in the peninsula where he lived out his years until his death. Kervaudu became the central meeting place for all his friends such as Émile Dezaunay, Jean-Emile Labourer, and his cousin the writer Alphonse de Chateaubriant.

He died as a depressive alcoholic on September 19, 1930.

Artist dictionaries:
Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Saur, Schurr-Cabanne

Artworks in Museum collections:
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid; Musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais; Musée Jacobins, Morlaix; Musées des Beaux-Arts at Nantes, Quimper and Saint Nazaire, France.

Entre Ciel et Terre. Camille Pissarro et les peintres de la vallée de l'Oise, Musée Tavet-Delacour, Ed. Somogy, Paris, 2003.
Laurentin, Antoine, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau. Editions Thierry Salvador, Paris, 1989.
LePaul, Judy, Gauguin and the Impressionists at Pont-Aven, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987.

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Ferdinand du Puigaudeau

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Ferdinand du Puigaudeau


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