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Emmanuel de la Villéon
French (1858-1944)

Born in 1858 to an aristocratic family from Brittany, Emmanuel de la Villéon moved to Paris in 1890 to study at the Academie Julian where he was taught traditional methods of painting.

He excelled in the painting of tranquil landscapes and seascapes from nature. His landscapes are characterised by their rich and colourful palette which was influenced by artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Villéon travelled extensively all over France and his first trip abroad was to Holland in 1889 where he discovered the clearer light of the north.

Villéon first exhibited at the Salon des Indépendents in 1890 to great acclaim and subsequently exhibited at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, the Modern Society, the Salon d’Automne, the Salon des Tuilleries and in several Parisian galleries. His contemporaries and friends included Maxime Maufra and Carolus Duran, a good friend of Monet.

In 1909, Villéon founded the “La Societe Moderne” with several other artists, including Cariot and his palette and inspiration became more poetic. It is said that he was one of the last true Impressionist painters of the era, and while little is known of him outside of France today, nevertheless, he remains an important representative of this movement.

Exhibitions were also held in 1918 in the United States and Canada, in 1925 in Copenhagen and in 1927 in Japan. Several special exhibitions were also held in France, the last in 1943 at the Galerie La Boetie in Paris. Three of his paintings were purchased by the French government.

In the midst of preparing for an exhibition in Paris, Emmanuel de la Villéon died of pneumonia in January 1944 and is buried in Paris at the Montparnasse cemetery. Since 1976, over one hundred twenty works were donated by his family to the town of Fougeres where they established the Emmanuel-de-la-Villéon Museum.

Provenance

Exposition Salon des Indépendents, 1980, No. 2892 (label on verso).
Private Collection, Paris; acquired at the above exhibition.

His landscapes are characterised by their rich and colourful palette which was influenced by artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh.

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