Landscape in Southern France

Landscape in Southern France
Artist:
Paul-Camille Guigou (French, 1834-1871)
Date:
1870
Medium:
Oil on panel 
Dimensions:
7-1/8 x 17-7/8 in. (18.1 x 45.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
M.2010.1.188.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View
Description

Although his life was cut short by the Franco-Prussian War, Paul-Camille Guigou succeeded in capturing the physical beauty of Provence in a series of limitless panoramas. Whether he was depicting the quiet fishing village of Martigues or the unique grasslands of the Camargues, Guigou’s lateral vistas present the variety of the southern French landscape with absolute geographic specificity. In the main, his brushwork is thin, as evidenced in Landscape in Martigues. The picture, relatively devoid of artistic gesture, is defined by the sparse use of paint, unlike the landscapes of many of his contemporaries. But in Landscape in Southern France, one of the last works completed just before his untimely death, Guigou’s handling of paint begins to loosen. His pigment becomes heavier and more material, anticipating the techniques of the Impressionists.

Provenance:

(sale, London, Sotheby’s, 8 July 1971, lot 16, as Paysage et Chaîne de Montagne, to);
Marubeni-Iida Co.
(sale, London, Sotheby’s, 5 July 1973, lot 4, ill., as Paysage la Camargue, to);
H. Breny.
Private Collection, France.
[Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, sold 5 January 1979 to];
Norton Simon (sale, New York, Christie’s, 29 May 1981, lot 32, as Landscape in Southern France, unsold and returned to);
Norton Simon (sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 27 May 1982, lot 27, as Landscape in Southern France, unsold and returned to);
Norton Simon, by bequest to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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