The Canal, Brittany Landscape

Roger de La Fresnaye (French, 1885-1925)

Currently on View in H206
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During the summer of 1909 La Fresnaye made a bicycling tour of Brittany, in western France. This landscape, based on a drawing from one of his sketchbooks, shows his attraction to the clever use of pattern and color adopted by Nabi painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard. La Fresnaye presented the Breton houses and undulating landscape as a decorative arrangement of flat shapes and gentle harmonies of rose and gray.

Within a year, the young artist's interest in form and structure would lead him to experiment with the principles of Cubism.

Object Information

artist
Roger de La Fresnaye (French, 1885-1925)
creation date
1909
materials
oil on compressed fiberboard mounted to Masonite
dimensions
9-1/4 x 13-1/4 in.
16-1/2 x 20 in. (framed)
accession number
75.739
credit line
Gift of Miss Blanche Stillson in memory of Caroline Marmon Fesler
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
colors

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