Albert Andre, (French 1869-1954)


Albert Andre, (French 1869-1954)

15,000.00 25,000.00

Roses dans une Verre
 Framed size is 34 1/2 x 34 1/2
Canvas size is 25 3/4 x 25 3/4

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Albert André was born in Lyon, France and studied at the Académie Julian under William Bouguereau, the 1850 Prix de Rome winner. He is regarded as an important Post-Impressionist painter, best known for refined interiors, still lifes, and scenes of Paris. André incorporated many Impressionist techniques, including soft, feathery brushstrokes reminiscent of Renoir, and a linear emphasis similar to Cezanne. However, his work also reveals a Post-Impressionist willingness to make changes in order to satisfy a composition or to manipulate natural colors for greater visual impact.  

In 1894, five years after André began painting at the Académie Julian, he held his first show at the Salon des Independants. He was met with great success, selling five paintings to Durand-Ruel, an influential Parisian dealer whom André had met through Renoir.  Durand-Ruel frequently sold art works to collectors abroad in the United States, and through his patronage André became very successful.  
A glorious arrangement of flowers in pinks, reds, and blues sparkles at the center of Roses dans une Verre. Though the brushwork is loose, it depicts the blossoms with exquisite precision, defining the layers of petals and the play of light and shadow. In contrast to the vibrant flowers, the background is a relatively unadorned room painted in soft neutrals. This room forms the basis of a focused and unified framework. Vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines formed by the chair, table, and molding on the wall all intersect, creating an angular composition to draw attention to the decorative centerpiece. This skillful manipulation of the background strengthens the impact of the roses, and ensures that all parts of the painting work together to impress the viewer with its simplistic beauty.   
Later in his career, André participated in several avant-garde exhibits. His art works were exhibited at the Salon d'Automne from 1904 until 1944. Today, Andre's work may be seen in the collections of the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris; the Musee d'Orsay, Paris; the Ashmolean Museum; the University of Oxford; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; and the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois