This Oil on Board, "Le Chene", Pierre Gaston Rigaud is in Excellent Condition, c1935. Framed size is 25 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches., 15" X 18" unframed. Pierre Gaston Rigaud was born April 4, 1874 in Bordeaux. He was a well-regarded Post-Impressionist plein-air painter, best known for his marine scenes, landscapes and church interiors. Rigaud began his artistic training with artists Bonnat and Albert Maignan. He later moved to Paris where he shared a studio in Montmartre with Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. He found himself enveloped by the vibrancy of the avant-garde art movement at the turn of the century in Paris.
Rigaud became a member of the Society des Artistes Francais in 1906, after which time he became a visible and regular figure in the Salon exhibitions. Beginning in 1907, he started exhibiting at the Salon des Independants, followed by the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Tuileries. He was invited to participate in a National Exhibition with the Salon d' Automne at the Tuileries, where he was awarded a Silver medal in 1920 and a Gold medal in 1923.
Rigaud sold very few paintings during his lifetime because he remained dedicated to the truth of nature, style and subject. He held on to his purest convictions of the plein air style until his death. He had ample opportunity to capture the beauty of nature en plein air at his home in Corsia, where many of his paintings were executed. Rigaud's work embodied a robust and mystical view of nature, as seen in the prominent, almost life-like trees and enchanting colors in "Le Chene". Following in the footsteps of the Impressionist masters Monet and Sisley before him, Rigaud relished in capturing the fleeting yet dramatic effects of light on the striking terrain of Southern France. Riguad continued to be inspired by the power of art and nature until his death in 1949. Exhibitions: 1906 Societé des Artists Francais 1920 Silver Medal, 1923 Gold Medal 1909 Galerie Georges Petit, 1925 Galerie Charpentier. Museums: Musee Carnavalet, Paris Le Luxembourg, Paris, Musee La Tour Du Pin Musee de Limoges, Musee de Bourdeaux Musee de Mulhouse. Please view and zoom closely, serious inquiries are welcome!