For your consideration is this stunning original post impressionist watercolor of the Avignon Bridge and Pope Castle by the well listed and distinguished French artist Louis Agricol Montagne. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner. Sold unframed. This work measures 17.5 x 12 inches approximately. Condition is very good with the exception of very minor areas of foxing which are hardly noticed when viewing. This work is free of any repairs, holes, or tears. There are four tiny tack holes in each of the corners which were likely made by the artist when executing the painting. This is an exceptional investment quality work for the advanced collector
This work is titled "Partie du Chateau des Papes (Palais des Papes) et le pont d'Avignon du temps des Romains," as titled on the verso in pencil. This roughly translates to "Part of the Pope Castle and the Avignon Bridge during the Roman Times."
Louis Agricol Montagne was born August 19, 1879 in Avignon, Vaucluse, and died February 12, 1960 in Paris, France. He is listed as a 20th century French post-impressionist artist who specialized in genre scenes, landscapes, and watercolour.
In 1895, he was a student of Paul Sain in Cormon, Paris. He was a member and juror of the Fall Exhibition (Salon de l'Automne) in Paris. From 1945 to 1959, he was the curator of the Villeneuvre-les-Avignon Museum. He exhibited in Paris at the Fall Exhibition as early as 1901 with a work titled "View of the Gard Bridge," which was purchased by the state. He was declared an "exhibitor only" (not in competition) in 1911. He had several shows of his work at the Georges Petit and Gambaceres Galleries in Paris. A retrospective of his work was shown in Amsterdam in 1930. A Laureat of the Institute. He was designated a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1932. In collaboration with Paul Sain, he painted two murals for the Lyon train station restaurant in Paris.