Gaston La Touche (French, 1854-1913)
Oil on panel
18 1/2 x 21 3/4in (47.1 x 55.3cm)
In this work, La Touche finds a later echo in the closing scenes in the film of Colette's novella, Gigi, where Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron promenade in the Bois de Boulogne. In the shade, other figures relax and enjoy the afternoon sun. This is the Belle Epoque at its height. However, in a social statement he includes two workers toiling by the roadside; showing he was aware of the divide between the rich and the poor. More on this work
French painter Gaston La Touche [1854-1913] post-impressionist painter, draughtsman and pastellist was a leading colorist of the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, who associated with all the important artists of the period. He was close friends with many of the Impressionists, but chose to follow an independent path in both technique and subject matter. His extraordinary imagination revealed itself in his wonderful depictions of monkeys, fetes, balls, theatrical subjects and interiors, all tinged with a wry sense of humor. His Versailles-inspired firework and fountain paintings are unique in quality and spectrum of color. Neglected for almost a century, with little or no research, La Touche's work is now being re-evaluated. In both commercial and art-historical circles, his paintings are now highly sought after. More on Gaston La Touche
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