1846 - 1927
Title: “Summertime, Provence”
Date: circa 1900
Size: Height 23 1/2 inches Width 29 3/4 inches (framed)
This important Impressionist artist was born in Mulhouse on the 1st March 1846 and died in Paris in 1927. He studied with illustrious masters including Soulary and Leon Cogniet. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1869 to 1880 where he received numerous awards. It is interesting to note that when he first exhibited at the Paris Salon it was his historical genre paintings for which he was to receive much recognition. He later abandoned these genre subjects concentrating on landscapes for which great acclaim would soon follow. Such was the quality of these paintings that numerous honours were to follow including: an Honourable mention in 1883, third class medal in 1884, second class medal in 1886, silver medal at the Universelle Exposition in 1889, the prestigious Chevalier la Legion d’honneur in 1893, gold medal at the Universelle Exposition in 1900, and a member of the Society of French Artists from 1883.
Gagliardini was acknowledged by both connoisseurs and collectors alike for his wonderful renditions of the French coastline and landscape. As with Claude Monet and Turner, the magic and difficulty of capturing reflections and effects on water were to captivate him for many years – often embarking on abstraction where reality dissolves into the beauty of mystery. As shown in this fine example of his work, his technique is now firmly established in Impressionism. He has dispensed with the darker hues and lightened his palette now creating glorious intricacies of colour. Summer afternoons are depicted with amazing depth and beauty of colour, capturing the viewer and drawing them into his world. This superb example of his work is presented in pristine condition in its original period frame and is signed by the artist.
Museums were his work may be seen include: Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Paris (Louvre), Tourcoing, Rochefort.