Henry Moret, also spelled Henri Moret (France, 1856-1913), “Bateaux de peche dans la rade le matin,” (“Fishing boats in the harbor in the morning”) oil on canvas landscape depicting boats gathered just off the coast of Groix in Northwest France, as viewed from a cliff overlooking the cove, all under a vivid blue sky with scattered white clouds. The impressionist style landscape is rendered in a thick impasto technique, in vivid shades of blue, pink and green. Signed “Henry Moret” lower left and dated, “1902”. Ornate Rococo style giltwood and composition frame with foliate and cartouche molding, pierced edges and plaque, lower center, with name of artist and title “Anse de Groix 1902″ (Cove at Groix). Sight – 19 1/2″ H x 23 1/2″ W (50 cm x 62 cm). Framed – 29 1/4″ H x 33 1/2” W. We wish to thank Jean-Yves Rolland for confirming the authenticity and correct title of this painting. It will be added to his forthcoming Henry Moret catalog raisonne and a certificate of authenticity will be provided to the winning bidder. Provenance: Private Nashville collection; Sotheby’s, Oct. 7 1987, lot #37 (sold under the title “Groix, Bateau de Peche,” 1902). Biography: Henry Moret was best known for his colorful coastal landscapes painted in Normandy and Brittany, and for his involvement in the Pont-Aven artist colony. He studied in Paris under Jean-Paul Lorens at the Academie Julian and Jean-Leon Gerome at the Ecole National des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and made his debut at the Salon de Paris in 1880. In 1888, he moved to Pont-Aven and was introduced to the tenents of Symbolism by his friends, Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. In 1896, he settled in the fishing village of Doelen, where his style became increasingly Impressionist and nature-focused. CONDITION: Painting is in excellent condition with no evidence of relining or inpainting. Slight craquelure overall concentrated in top half with impact crackle top center 1″ H x 1 1/2″ W. Moderate 1″ x 1/2″ area of cleavage in boat 5 1/2″ from right side. Minor lifting impasto right edge. Three slight scuffs center to left side above and in rocks, largest 4″ L. See blacklight photos.
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