Guillaume Charles Brun (French, 1825-1908)
Arriving at an event during the Belle Epoque, Paris
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper
32.1/4 x 46.1/4in. (excluding frame)
39.1/2 x 53.1/8in. (including frame)
Signed 'Ch. Brun.' (lower left)
Condition: The colours are strong. the paper has only slightly yellowed (if you wished, the paper would lighten with restoration).There are scuffs to the coachman's hat and jacket. Small fox mark to right of lamp, otherwise in remarkably good condition for its age and size. This has been newly framed in hand limed wood, mounted and protected behind perspex.
It is not often one gets an opportunity to purchase such a large watercolour of this subject from the Belle Epoque. Though it exhibits generous proportions, the artist has spent a lot of time on the complex composition creating a very stylish work, echoing masterpieces by the great Parisian painters of the day. This is no surprise as Brun`s artistic pedigree was of the highest order, being appointed President of the Societe' des Artistes Francais in 1883. He had exhibited at the Salon and was trained by Alexandre Cabanel. This painting shows a welcome departure from his more traditional earlier works. He has allowed himself to be bold, showing freedom and simplicity in his brush strokes. This is very much in keeping with the bright and busy poster designs that were so fashionable in Paris at the turn of the century and which so defined the gaiety and majesty of the period.