Gaston La Touche: a painter of Belle Époque dreams
"Gaston La Touche (1854-1913) was a leading colorist of the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, who associated with all the important artists of the period. He was close friends with many of the Impressionists, but chose to follow an independent path in both technique and subject matter. His extraordinary imagination revealed itself in his wonderful depictions of monkeys, fetes, balls, theatrical subjects and interiors, all tinged with a wry sense of humor. His Versailles-inspired firework and fountain paintings are unique in quality and spectrum of color. Neglected for almost a century, with little or no research, La Touche's work is now being re-evaluated. In both commercial and art-historical circles, his paintings are now highly sought after. Many of the paintings reproduced in this book come from private collections and have not been illustrated or exhibited since the artist's death."--Publisher's description.
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Antoine Watteau Bassin Belle Epoque Bracquemond Bridgeman Art Library canvas 60 Carnegie Institute Christie's New York Collection Emile Chouanard colour composition cradled panel CYGNES Degas depicts Desboutin Drouot Edmond Rostand elegant Felix Bracquemond Figaro Illustré figures fountain French Galeries Georges Petit Gaston La Touche Henri Frantz illustration in Figaro illustration in Frantz Last known location Last seen left Private Collection Literature London Plate Louis lower left Courtesy lower left Private lower right Courtesy lower right Private Manet Mme La Touche monkey Musee d'Orsay Musée des Beaux-Arts Nationale des Beaux-Arts Nouvelle Athenes Oil on canvas Oil on cradled Oil on panel painter panel 76 Paris Pastel Photograph courtesy Pierrot Portrait right Private Collection Rococo Sale Salon des Beaux-Arts scene shows Signed and dated Signed and inscribed Signed lower left Signed lower right size unknown Societe Société Nationale Sotheby's London Sotheby's New York Studio Touche's Versailles Watercolour Watercolour size unknown woman