Louis Anquetin arrived in Paris in 1882 and studied in two academic ateliers before settling in with a group of friends that included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh and Émile Bernard. These friendships had a great influence on Anquetin’s artistic development; in partnership with Bernard, he developed a style known as Cloisonnisme, which is characterized by the use of emphatic black outlines and unmodulated planes of color that resemble stained-glass windows or medieval enamels. Anquetin’s comfort with both avant-garde and academic styles is evident in this portrait of an unknown man, which combines a cloissoniste contour line with meticulous attention to the sitter’s facial features and clothing, each delicate wrinkle, strand of hair, and crease in fabric carefully articulated.
- Artist Name: Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932)
- Title: Portrait of a Man
- Date: 1889
- Medium: Pastel on paper
- Dimensions: 24-1/2 x 20 in. (62.2 x 50.8 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number: M.1977.03.1.P
- Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation
[M. Fouquet, Galerie des Deux Iles, Paris].
[Galerie La Cave, Paris, offered November 1976 and subsequently sold 1977, as Portrait d'Homme, to];
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