Lot 105
  • 105

Achille Laugé

150,000 - 250,000 USD
93,750 USD
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  • Achille Laugé
  • L'Hort à Cailhau
  • Signed A. Laugé and indistinctly dated 1902 (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas


Marcel Flavian, Paris (and sold by the estate: Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, June 17-18, 1998, lot 199)
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)

Catalogue Note

Laugé’s Pointillist sensibility is eloquently realized in this landscape of Cailhau, a small commune situated in the South of France. Neo-Impressionism, termed by the critic Félix Fénéon in 1886 to describe the works of Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Camille and Lucien Pissarro, emerged in the late nineteenth century as a reaction against Impressionism. Unlike their predecessors, who too sought to capture the ephemeral qualities of light in their brushwork, the Neo-Impressionists were unique in their scientific approach to light and color as well as their patient and systematic application of paint. As Robert L. Herbert comments, “Their paintings breathed a spirit of clear order, firm decision, scientific logic, and a startling definiteness of structure that constituted an open challenge to the instinctive art of the Impressionists of the previous decade. The most conspicuous act of defiance was their mechanical brushwork, which deliberately suppressed the personality of the artists and so flouted the individualism dear to the Impressionists” (Robert L. Herbert, Neo-Impressionism, New York, 1968, p. 15).

While Laugé was not an official member of the Parisian Neo-Impressionist group, he worked alongside them throughout the 1880s, avidly exploring their Pointillist technique and Divisionist theories. He went on to exhibit his works in a number of prominent spaces, including at the Salon des Indépendents in 1894 and in Toulouse with the Nabis in the same year; his works were further displayed in several one-man shows with prominent gallerists in Paris, including Nunè et Fiquet in 1919, Bernheim-Jeune in 1923 and Georges Petit in 1927 (ibid., p. 66). The present work was painted after 1895 when Laugé moved permanently to Cailhau. His mastery of the Pointillist technique is dramatically manifested in his precise brushwork and brilliantly harmonious color palette.