Monet-Auburtin, Une rencontre artistique. Sur les falaises entre Pourville et Dieppe. Le val Saint-Nicolas

By Musée des impressionnismes Giverny

Dès le début des années 1880, Claude Monet va mener des
campagnes très productives sur les côtes normandes. C’est là qu’il trouve sa
plus grande source d’inspiration. Appréciant les beaux mouvements de terrain des falaises, Monet y reviendra à plusieurs reprises. Jean Francis Auburtin qui s’installe à
Varengeville en 1907 peint inlassablement les lieux sous des lumières toujours
changeantes. Cette exposition est la dernière d'une série de quatre présentations portant sur les lieux normands peints par Monet et Auburtin.

Cliffs at Pourville (1882) by Claude MonetMusée des impressionnismes Giverny

Monet returned to Pourville between June and September 1882 with his family, and despite the changeable weather, spent his days painting on the cliffs between Pourville and Dieppe. This time, the views of the beach and cliffs were among his favorite subjects. Here he is at Val Saint-Nicolas, a hanging valley on the Côte aux Hérons (Herons' Coast), which he portrayed in a series of works in 1896 and 1897.

Monet depicted two female figures (most certainly Alice Hoschedé and her daughter) contemplating the view from the top of the cliffs.

Spring in Varengeville by Jean Francis AuburtinMusée des impressionnismes Giverny

On January 15, 1907, Auburtin bought a piece of land in Varengeville. He had his house and studio built there.
He then set out climbing the high cliffs in search of interesting viewpoints. He painted the cliffs of Varengeville, Pourville, and Dieppe.
Like Monet, Auburtin enjoyed the rolling landscape of the cliffs between Varengeville and Dieppe.

At Val Saint-Nicolas near Dieppe in the Morning (1897) by Claude MonetMusée des impressionnismes Giverny

In 1896 and 1897, Monet was based in Pourville, where he painted from the Dieppe cliffs. This spectacular view of the Atlantic from Val Saint-Nicolas is a recurrent motif in Monet's 1897 works.
The artist's desire was to capture the fleeting effects of light and to show how they transform the landscape. In ten years, Monet's painting evolved toward a greater simplification of forms. His interest was in the effects of light that change according to the time of day.

The Cliffs near Dieppe, the Saint-Nicolas Valley by Jean Francis AuburtinMusée des impressionnismes Giverny

Auburtin sought to translate the meeting point between the land, sea, and sky in his works. Val Saint-Nicolas was one of the artist's favorite spots. He went on to paint a series of works there, trying to capture a moment of the day when the setting sun casts a pink tint on the sky and on the chalky whiteness of the cliffs.

Varengeville. Imposing Clouds by Jean Francis AuburtinMusée des impressionnismes Giverny

For Auburtin, the monumental nature of the cliffs often gave way to the power of expression of the elements and clouds.

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L’exposition « Monet-Auburtin. Une rencontre artistique », dont le commissariat est assuré par Géraldine Lefebvre, docteur en histoire de l’art, est organisée par le musée des impressionnismes Giverny et présentée du 22 mars au 14 juillet 2019. Cette exposition bénéficie du soutien exceptionnel du musée d’Orsay, Paris, de Francine et Michel Quentin et de l’association Les Amis et les descendants de Jean Francis Auburtin.

Marie-Claire et Christian Blanckaert, Katherine Bourguignon, François Doury, Elizabeth Glassman, Elizabeth Hopkins, François-Xavier Labarraque, Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond, Annick Le Ciclé, François Le Ciclé, Hannah McAulay, Franck Medioni, Philippe Piguet, Francine et Michel Quentin, Cathy Ricciardelli, Francesca Rose

Chicago,Terra Foundation for American Art

Raleigh,North Carolina Museum of Art

Archives Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Lyon,musée des Beaux-Arts

Honfleur,musée Eugène Boudin

Williamstown,Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Louisville, Kentucky, Collection of the Speed Art Museum

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Tokyo,Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

L’association Les Amis et les descendants de Jean Francis Auburtin

Le Bois des Moutiers

Washington, National Gallery of Art

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