The title of this particular painting, Fructidor, alludes to the twelfth month of the French Republican Calendar (created during the French Revolution and briefly reinstated during the 1871 Paris Commune). Fructidor, which derives its name from the Latin word fructus, began in late August and lasted thirty days. In this lush composition, Gustave Cariot deftly conveys the sensual, languorous atmosphere of late summer when foliage is at is fullest and trees and vines are abundant with ripened fruit. Initially fascinated with Pointillist technique, here Cariot incorporates elements this style by employing individual strokes of juxtaposed color to communicate the warm luminescence of the season.
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