c. 1903
Promeneuse au bord de la mer
c. 1903

Louis Valtat

Dieppe 1869 - 1952 Paris

Oil on canvas , 21.26 x 25.59 in. (54 x 65 cm). Signed lower right. Housed in a modern quality frame, size 28.94 x 33.19 in. (73.5 x 84.3 cm).

Accompanied by Certificate Ref. 4603 of the Association Les Amis de Louis Valtat, Choisel, signed by Julien Valtat and dated June 16, 2011. To be included in the forthcoming Catalogue de l'oeuvre peint Louis Valtat, prepared by the Association.

Provenance: Ambroise Vollard (1865 - 1939), Paris, acquired directly from the artist.

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The emergence of this painting is related to the friendship with Paul Signac, whom Valtat visited frequently especially in the years 1902 -04 in St. Tropez . The agreement, Valtat concluded in 1900 with the famous art dealer Ambroise Vollard, was valid until 1912 and ensured that many of his paintings, as well as the present, came into the hands of great collectors.


LOUIS VALTAT (Dieppe 1869 - 1952 Paris)

The artist is noted as a key link that accounts for the stylistic transition in painting from Monet to Matisse. Louis Valtat is considered as one of the founders of the Fauvist movement, which did not formally begin until 1905 at the Salon d'Automne. Valtat was involved with the most influential group of artists, such as Auguste Renoir, Paul Signac, Georges d'Espagnat and Maximilien Luce.

The artist exhibited widely during his career. In 1894, Louis Valtat collaborated with both Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Albert André in creating the decor for the Paris theater L'Oeuvre.

Valtat suffered from tuberculosis, and he spent many autumn/winter seasons along the Mediterranean coast in Banyuls, Antheor and Saint-Tropez.

Often, Valtat and his family would visit Paul Signac in Bollée and Auguste Renoir in Cagnes. During these times, along the Mediterranean, Valtat's use of color became a major concern to him, and he began to express his Fauvist tendencies, particularly in painting seascapes and flowers.

In 1948 he lost due to glaucoma disease his eyesight almost completely.

Valtat died in 1952 in Choisel near Paris. That same year the Salon d'Automne shows a very large first retrospective of his work, which documented to many visitors the multi-faceted talent and the value of this artist in the history of painting.

Artworks from Valtat are on view in many museums worldwide, such as the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.


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