GUSTAVE POETZSCH (SWISS, 1870 - 1950)
Gustave Poetzsch may be known to us as Swiss in origin, but the vast majority of his life was spent in France. He came to Paris in 1892 and enrolled at the School of Fine Arts. He then studied in the workshops of Luc Olivier Merson and Gustave Moreau with the likes of Henri Matisse, Charles Camoin and Paul de Frick.
He painted scenes of the Belle Epoque in Paris, many of pretty ladies drinking absinthe in bars that could well have been frequented by the likes of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. His beach scenes from his holidays around Deauville are simply sublime. These examples are from the time he spent at the family home in Yssingeaux and it is here one gets a sense that he has real time to devote to his painting, without interruption. The confident and precise brushstrokes are complimented beautifully by his understanding of the Impressionist palette of the period.
Not much by this artist was on the open market until recently. It becomes clear why at present he is a little known painter, as the vast majority of his work was put up for auction from a single collection. The standard of the works in that sale was infinitely superior to previous offerings and thus some very high prices were achieved. The skill of execution and sheer boldness of colour measure up well to practically any artist of the Belle Epoque. It stands to reason that right now Poetzsch is a very good investment. It is a gilt-edged opportunity to purchase a work from a forgotten master of the age, as he is increasingly recognised for the great painter he was.