Pierre Eugène MONTEZIN (1874-1946)

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Pierre Eugène MONTEZIN (1874-1946)
The fishermen on the bridge of Saint-Mammès. Oil on cardboard mounted on canvas. Signed lower left. 55 x 75 cm. We thank Cyril Klein-Montezin who kindly authenticated this work from a photograph. Pierre Eugène Montezin (1874-1946) Eugène Montezin began his career in his father's lace workshop and then turned to painting. His beginnings were difficult, from 1893 to 1903, he was systematically refused at the Salon. At the end of the First World War, his talent was finally recognized; he worked in the tradition of Impressionism and finally took his revenge at the Salon des Artistes Français by obtaining several awards as well as exhibiting in numerous galleries. Around 1920, he acquired a house in Veneux-les-Sablons near Saint-Mammès on the banks of the Seine, close to the Loing, whose landscapes would become his favorite subjects. In 1940, he was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Montezin placed his easel in front of the old bridge of Saint-Mammès. As an heir to impressionism, he uses a clear palette, a free and rapid touch that suggests more than it defines. The happy theme of a sunny afternoon on the banks of the Seine with its onlookers and fishermen also recalls the inspiration of Renoir and Monet in Argenteuil, fifty years earlier, at the birth of Impressionism.
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