Presented for sale is a French Post-Impressionist oil on canvas laid on board depicting a seascape by Charles Cottet, 1863 - 1925. The scene, which showcases sailboats set on jewel toned water, with background buildings in the harbor, typifies Cottet's genius for combining intense color palettes with somber lighting. This somewhat unknown style set him apart from most of the Impressionist painters of his day. The content is expertly balanced and most pleasing to the viewers eye.
Known as one of the most original artists of his generation, he was a member of The School of Pont-Aven and a leader of La Bande Noire. He was born in Le Puy-en-Velay and died in Paris. Cottet traveled widely but spent much of his later years painting the fishing villages of Brittany where he captured the harsh reality of life along that coast. He was widely hailed as a maverick and counted Auguste Rodin and Felix Valloton as his close friends. His paintings are represented in such prestigious collections as, The Musée d'Orsay, The Hermitage, and The National Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The painting apparently spent some time in Argentina, as there is an old label on the reverse from the firm of "J. Mondelli & Hermanos", "Casa Introductoria de artículos de pinturería". Based in Buenos Aires, J Mondellia & Brothers brought into Argentina fine art such as paintings, crystal and porcelain in the 19th Century. The painting is in very good condition with minor restorations to the canvas. It is set into a magnificently carved giltwood and composition frame, his name inscribed on a plaque. The painting is signed in the lower right hand corner.
Size of Image: 26.5" Height, 21" Width
Size of frame: 39" Height, 33.75" Width.
Charles Cottet (French, 1863-1925)- Oil on Canvas