Henry MORET (1856 - 1913)
Portrait de Madame Goulven, 1893
School of painting: Post-Impressionism
Medium: Oil on panel
Signed and dated lower right H.Moret 93
30.1 X 19.6 cm
11 13/16 X 711/16 inches
Goulven family heirs
Henry Moret, Jean-Yves Rolland, Marie-Benedicte Baranger,
Editions Palatines, 2002
Ment. p. 129 “Au Pouldu, il laisse a son logeur Goulven sur une petite piece de bois un curieux Portrait de Madame Goulven.”
To be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by Jean-Yves Rolland.
This unrecorded work was painted in 1893 on a piece of paneling or cabinet.
In 1893 Henry Moret rented a room at the cabaret of Mr and Mrs Goulven in the Pouldu.
He was one of the first artists to stay in the Pouldu, the port of the town of Clohars-Carnoët at the mouth of the Laïta river.
The picture represents his landlady sewing. The technique is purely Cloisonnist. The red of the wallpaper with birds to the Japanese evocations in the different blues of the dress and the bed and the brown of the jacket illustrate the simplification of forms theory.
It is certainly the right adjective to describe this unique portrait in the Henry Moret early manner.