Charles Angrand / Paysage aux meules / 1890sCharles Angrand
Paysage aux meules

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Creator Name: Angrand, Charles
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1854 - 1926
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Criquetot-sur-Ouville, Normany
Creator Death Place: Rouen
Creator Name-CRT: Charles Angrand
Title: Paysage aux meules
Title Type: Foreign
Title: End of the Harvest
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1910
Creation Date: 1890s
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: Conté crayon
Dimensions: Sheet: 48.8cm x 63.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.49
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: [Galerie Berès, Paris].

The startling technique of this drawing reflects the ideas of the movement in French painting known as Pointillism or Divisionism. Its most famous practitioner, Georges Seurat (1859-1891), developed a technique of dividing broad areas of color into short strokes of individual hues of paint. Seurat's friend Charles Angrand was influenced by this method, and both artists developed a related technique for their drawings. In the sheet shown here, Angrand used a black, manufactured charcoal stick on a paper textured with tiny ridges. The highest of these ridges hold the charcoal, but the paper shows through in the small spaces between them. This creates the effect of a soft, diffuse, evening light that dissolves the curved shapes of haystacks and turns the landscape into an expansive abstraction of nature.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.49
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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