LOUIS AGRICOL MONTAGNE
1879 - 1960
Title: “Vue de Santa Maria della Salute, Venise”
Date: c. 1910
Size: Height 33 1/2 inches Width 39 3/4 inches (framed)
Louis Agricol Montagne was one of the most important artists of the School of Avignon in the early 20th Century. He was born on August 19, 1879 in Avignon, Vaucluse, and died on February 12, 1960 in Paris. Montagne was a French post-impressionist artist who specialized in genre and landscape paintings, scenes of Venice and watercolors.
In Paris, 1895, he was a student of Paul Sain (1853-1908) and later at the atelier of Fernand Cormon (1843-1924), one of the most important art masters of the period. He was a member and juror of the Fall Exhibition (Salon de l'Automne). Montagne 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 obtained a Gold Medal at the Exposition of Alecon and in 1901 hors concours at the Salon des Artistes Francaises, himself later a member of the jury. He had several shows of his work at the Georges Petit and Gambaceres Galleries in Paris. Montagne received various honors and a travel grant enabling him to visit countries such as Italy and Spain and while touring stayed for long periods in Florence, Venice and Mallorca. Montagne often returned to paint in Provence. In Avignon he was the co-founder of the “Group des Treize” and with their exhibitions celebrated great achievements. In 1920 he became director of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Avignon. From 1954 to 1959 he was also curator of the museum in Villeneuve-les-Avignon. A retrospective of his work was shown in Amsterdam in 1930. In 1932 Montagne was designated a Knight of the Legion of Honor. In collaboration with Paul Sain, he painted two murals for the Lyon train station restaurant in Paris.
This lovely example of Montagne’s work has a vibrant feel to it, bold strong colors and Impressionistic brush strokes with attention to detail which has not been lost. The brush strokes sparkle with light -- while at the same time richly harmonious in its color -- capturing all the atmosphere and charm of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Examples of Montagne’s work may be seen in the following museums: Musee Calvet, Avignon; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Troyes; Musee de Grenoble; Musee de Carpentras; Musee de Dijon and Musee de Nimes. This painting is presented in pristine condition and is signed by the artist.