The Man is at Sea – after Demont-Breton

The Man is at Sea – after Demont-Breton

"I’ve copied that woman with a child sitting beside a hearth by Mrs Demont-Breton, almost all violet, I’m certainly going to continue copying, it will give me a collection of my own, and when it’s sufficiently large and complete I’ll give the whole lot to a school." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Tuesday, 8 October 1889
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Painting Date
7th of October 1889
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“I’ve copied that woman with a child sitting beside a hearth by Mrs Demont-Breton, almost all violet, I’m certainly going to continue copying, it will give me a collection of my own, and when it’s sufficiently large and complete I’ll give the whole lot to a school.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Tuesday, 8 October 1889

 

1889 Brussels salon – this painting was shown there.  It is by Virginie Demont Breton

Virginie Élodie Marie Thérèse Demont-Breton (26 July 1859, Courrières– 10 January 1935, Paris) was a French painter.

Her father Jules and her uncle Émile Breton were both well-known painters. She married the painter Adrien Demont in 1880.

Her artistic career got off to an early start. By the age of twenty, she was exhibiting at the Salon and, four years later, she won a Gold Medal at the Amsterdam Exposition.

In 1890, ahe and her husband moved to Wissant, a small village on the Côte d’Opale, where they built a villa designed by the Belgian architect Edmond De Vigne. Called the “Typhonium”, it is in Neo-Egyptian style and has been a Historical Monument since 1985.[1]

She served as President of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptors from 1895 to 1901, during which time she worked with Hélène Bertaux in her effort to open the École des Beaux-Arts to women students; a goal which was achieved in 1897. She was decorated with the Légion d’honneur in 1894,[2] and became an Officer in 1914. The previous year, she had been elected to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) in 1913

Originally, she painted portraits and historical scenes but, after moving to Wissant, switched to painting the fishermen and their families in a Realistic style. In 1889, Vincent van Gogh painted his own version of one of her works, “L’Homme Est en Mer” (Her Man is Out to Sea).

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 66 x 51 Size 15 Paysage
Saint-Rémy: October 7, 1889
Private collection
F: 644, JH: 1805

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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