Henry Moret

Description: Henry MORET 1856 – 1913
House in the countryside – circa 1896
Watercolor and pencil on paper
Stamp of the workshop lower right “ATELIER H. MORET”
h: 10″ w: 14″

Provenance: Old Josefowitz collection

Exhibitions: Indianapolis, Museum of Art, Baltimore, The Walter Art Gallery, Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, Memphis, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, San Diego, Museum of Art, Portland, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, September 1994 – September 1996,

Henry Moret (12 December 1856 – 5 May 1913) was a French Impressionist painter. He was one of the artists who associated with Paul Gauguin at Pont-Aven in Brittany. He is best known for his involvement in the Pont-Aven artist colony and his richly colored landscapes of coastal Brittany.

Moret first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1880, presenting La plage de Locqueltas à marée basse; côte de Bretagne. He maintained contacts with Corroller, often returning to Brittany. In 1888, he arrived in Pont-Aven which had begun to attract a number of artists including Ernest de Chamaillard, Émile Jourdan, and Charles Lavant, with Paul Gauguin playing the leading role. Moret was one of the first painters to move to nearby le Pouldu which soon became the new centre of attraction for the Pont-Aven artists. His work began to show signs of Symbolism, probably as a result of Gauguin’s influence.

After Gauguin left the area in 1891, Moret began to develop his own style. In 1895, he established a fruitful relationship with Paul Durand-Ruel who maintained a number of galleries in Paris, London and New York, with an emphasis on Impressionism. During their relationship, Moret completed over 600 paintings, many of which were exhibited in Paris and New York leading to a growing clientele for his work. Moret also exhibited seven of his Breton paintings at the Salon des Indépendants. After 1900, Moret became more immersed in Impressionism, applying small flecks of paint to his work rather than the broad strokes favoured by the Pont-Aven artists. Increasingly he focused on landscapes where his light effects can be seen in the sunsets and storm scenes he painted around 1909. In addition to his oils for Durand-Ruel, he also completed some 800 watercolours and drawings.