A decorative painter by trade and largely self-taught, Louis Hayet took interest in the scientific study of optical and color theories which in turn informed his Neo-Impressionist technique. Eventually he befriended Camille and Lucien Pissarro, both of whom offered crucial connections that allowed Hayet a brief and extremely productive period as a successful artist in Paris. It was during these years, from 1887 to 1890, that Hayet executed his finest works. He was troubled and brooding, however, and in 1890 he unexpectedly withdrew from Parisian artistic circles by resigning from the Indépendants and renouncing Divisionism. He worked the remainder of his life in relative obscurity.
Bord de l'Oise à l'aube, Pontoise is a superb and extremely rare example of Hayet's oeuvre at the apex of his short career. Exceptional not only in quality but also in size (for the artist was known to paint on smaller scale) the image captures the misty and atmospheric qualities of the early morning air in an array of staccato brushstrokes.
Fig. 1 Louis Hayet, La colline bleue, 1888, oil on canvas, Private Collection
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