Henry MORET (1856-1913)

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Henry MORET (1856-1913)
Coast of Brittany Watercolor and conté pencil. Workshop stamp "H. Moret" in the lower right corner and annotations of colors. 14 x 11 cm at sight. THE SCHOOL OF PONT-AVEN: PASSION of a BRETON COLLECTOR... In 1888, Moret met Gauguin, who had returned from Martinique, through René-Jean Kerluen, his landlord, who had a fencing gym in Pont-Aven. Classically trained, he was taught by two academic masters, Lehmann and Laurens, whom Gauguin classified as "Salonneux" (manufacturer of paintings to be sold at the Salon des Artistes Français). In Pont-Aven, a small brotherhood of artists was established, sometimes scattered in the surrounding villages, which opposed the careful realism professed by the Academy of Fine Arts and praised by the critics. Gauguin classified these Salon medalists - Roll, Bastien-Lepage, Jules Breton, Luminais and others - as "firemen with their trompe-l'oeil of nature" and immediately understood that this fight against photography would be fatal to them. Around Gauguin gathered, at the Auberge Gloanec, some convinced by the Master's synthetism, Meyer de Haan, Filiger, Sérusier, Moret, Bernard, Slewinski, Jourdan... In 1888, on Gauguin's advice, a small unsigned pochade on wood, "The Talisman", was born under Sérusier's brush and opened the way to what would be classified as the "School of Pont-Aven". Maurice Denis would later write: "Gauguin freed us from all the shackles that the idea of copying brought to our instincts as painters. In 1891, Gauguin, left for Tahiti, left behind him, like so many ambassadors, paintings hung at the Gloanec pension which, like the wall decorations of Marie Henry's bar at Le Pouldu, will be discovered by passing painters, creating in his absence new followers - O'Conor, Amiet... .
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