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Achille Laugé (1861-1944)

The Meadow, 1923

French School, pastel signed and dated bottom right

Dimensions : H. 14.2 x W. 19.5 inches (With frame: H. 20.1 x W. 25.2 inches)

Achille Laugé was a neo impressionist French painter born in Arzens, which is near Carcassonne, on April 29, 1861.
In 1863, the Laugé family moved to Cailhau, which is in the region of Razès. It is in the nature around their family house in Cailhau that he found the most inspiration for his subjects.
After studying pharmacy in Toulouse, Laugé enrolled in 1881 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris; there he met Antoine Bourdelle and Henri Martin.
In 1882, he joined the studio of Cabanel and met Aristide Maillol. His first entry to the Salon des Artistes Français of 1884 is of a portrait of Bourdelle. At the Salon des Indépendants of 1886, he was intrigued by the pointillist brushstrokes of Seurat, Signac, and Pissarro.

Starting in 1898, he became specialized in landscape paintings of the nature surrounding Cailhau (where he had his house built). Laugé used the neo-impressionists' technique of divisionism.

In 1905, for him to be able to paint in open air and physically be on the ground, he created a "studio on wheels". From this point forward Laugé felt freer: it can be seen in his paintings that he was less restrictive in his style, used a richer paint, and had thicker brushstrokes.

Achille Laugé died in 1944 in Cailhau, which was the small village that was so dear to him.
Our painting is representative of the talent of this artist who mastered the technique of pastel. In this composition the colors are laid with great delicateness. The artist successfully used the entire color palette ranging from yellow to blue and all shades of green. From creating differences in lighting according to the colors, he created optical illusions and obtained a remarkable lighting effect. Also, the meadow in the center of the composition stands out with its luminous shades of green which highlights even more the shadows of the tall trees that surround the meadow. With light brushstrokes, the artist managed to depict a sky that is pure and in movement. It looks as if the trees are moving slightly in the wind.
It is important to know that our pastel is in a perfect state of conservation.

Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Carcassonne, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Toulouse, Musée des Augustins
Bayeux, Musée Baron Gérard

E. Bénézit « Dictionnaire des Peintres Sculpteurs
Dessinateurs et Graveurs », tome 8, pages 322-323.

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