The garden (Le jardin)

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau

Nantes 1864 – 1930 Le Croisic

Oil on canvas, 14.37 x 19.69 in. (36.5 x 50 cm). Signed and dated 'Puigaudeau 1886' lower right. Housed in a period style frame, 21.26 x 26.18 in. (54 x 66.5 cm).

Catalogue raisonné Nr. 248. Antoine Laurentin, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, Tome I, Editions Thierry Salvador, Paris, 1989, page 372 (illustrated). The Catalogue states this painting is the earliest artwork known by du Puigadeau.

Provenance: Collection of Jules Paressant, Nantes

Price: € 14,000.- / $ 16,000.- free global shipping


Ferdinand du Puigaudeau is considered as a romantic intimist painter among the famous post-impressionist artists.

The painting is showing the brush work of Impressionism. Although the subject is different from later period artworks, the capability as well as readiness to represent the color in all its subtlety can be recognized already.


Ferdinand-Auguste-Marie Loyen du Puigaudeau was born in Nantes. As a boy he was close to his uncle Henri de Chateaubriant, who encouraged his artistic pursuits. In 1882, the young man traveled to Italy, then to Tunisia.

In 1886, Puigaudeau went to Pont-Aven, well known for all painters, where he befriended Charles Laval and Gauguin. Their relationship is particularly close since 1887 when they planned together to go to Panama and Martinique. Puigaudeau, called Piccolo by Gauguin, couldn't join his friends, instead he had to join the army.

Three years later Puigaudeau visited Belgium and there met the artists James Ensor, Toorop, Vogels and the sculptor Constantin Meunier.

In 1890, he presented his canvases for the first time at the Salon de la Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Through his father he made accquainted Paul Durand-Ruel, the famous mecene of the Impressionists, who exhibited his paintings with those of Henry Delavallée.

Puigaudeau married Blanche Van Den Brouke in 1893 and they had a daughter Odette who would become an ethnologist.

In 1895 the family settled in Pont-Aven. Puigaudeau met Armand Seguin, the poet Ernest Dowson, and the American painter Childe Hassam. In 1897 Degas purchased his "Fireworks" at Durand-Ruel, and since then they had enjoyed a long friendship. The two painters exchanged letters throughout their lives.

In 1903, he held his first solo exhibition at the Galerie des Artistes Modernes, a small catalog is published for the occasion.

In 1904, the artist broke off his relationship with Durand-Ruel and left for Venice, where Puigaudeau painted more than 50 canvases on the subject.

On his return to Paris, the artist found himself in a critical financial situation. His family had to move to the village of Bourg de Batz in Atlantic Loire, their friends lent them an austere villa Fort Hikerik. The artist found a new merchant in Nantes and exhibited at various regional Fairs.

In 1907, Puigaudeau leased the manor Kervaudu on very favorable terms and settled permanently in the peninsula where he lived till his death. Kervaudu became the meeting place of all the artist's friends Émile Dezaunay, Jean-Emile Labourer, and his cousin the writer Alphonse de Chateaubriant.

He will end his life and depressive alcoholic September 19, 1930.


Puigaudeau's distinctive impressionistic style is evident in his variations of color and depictions of light. Throughout his career, Puigaudeau maintained a systematic search for vivid, luminous color. In each case, the fleeting effects of light and color are his true subject: sunsets, candlelight, and the effects of flickering sun or moonlight on water.


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid; Musée Jacobins, Morlaix; Musées des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, Quimper and Saint Nazaire, France.

EXHIBITIONS: Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, 1864-1930. With exhibition catalog. Mars - juin 1998 Musée de Pont-Aven AND November 1998 - January 1999, Musée des Jacobins, Morlaix

Laurentin, Antoine, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau. Editions Thierry Salvador, Paris, 1989.
LePaul, Judy, Gauguin and the Impressionists at Pont-Aven, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987.

Learn more about Puigaudeau on www.ferdinanddupuigaudeau.com


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