Between 1910 and 1914, he would devote his work to the countryside, endlessly painting sunsets on the sea and windmills. And on Sundays, he would welcome local artists and intellectuals to his home. As Mademoiselle du Puigaudeau, the artist’s daughter remembers, ‘There were meetings of educated people who tried to break the monotony of a small fishing harbour by creating the cultural diversions it did not offer’ (quoted in Antoine Laurentin, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864-1930), Paris, 1989, p. 104).
In the present work, Puigaudeau uses his knowledge of Impressionism to benefit his love for light. He manipulates all the elements of his painting to accentuate the sun, which the artist renders as an almost sacred star that pulls all depicted elements towards it. Serving as the work's vanishing point, the sun exudes a Pointillist aura that captures the eye of the viewer through its unquestionable brilliance. With this resplendent work, Puigaudeau allows us to contemplate the infinite possibilities of nature with the help of his sublime ocean and dazzling sun.
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