Étienne BOUHOT (Bard-lès-Epoisses 1780 -... - Lot 60 - Daguerre

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Étienne BOUHOT (Bard-lès-Epoisses 1780 -... - Lot 60 - Daguerre
Étienne BOUHOT (Bard-lès-Epoisses 1780 - Semur-en-Auxois 1862) View of the Joly Bridge in Semur-en-Auxois, 1838 Oil on canvas, signed lower right. 30 x 44,7 cm Old restorations. Provenance : The artist's descendants until today. Etienne Bouhot (1780-1862), painter from Burgundy, was trained in Paris where he obtained second and first class medals at the Paris Salons of 1810, 1817 and 1827. His taste for the study of perspective and architecture developed in contact with Pierre Prévost, a great specialist of panoramas. The painter is known for his urban landscapes, rustic scenes and architectural views. He specializes in topographical views of several cities including Paris, Rouen and Semur. We can cite : Place Vendôme, L'île St-Louis or a View of Semur-en-Auxois, taken from the Armançon Valley. His skill, his refined style and his technical mastery were very much in vogue in the middle of the 19th century, when the accuracy of the subject was paramount. Among his clients, we can note personalities such as King Louis XVIII, the Duchess of Berry and the Duke of Orleans. Attached to his native Burgundy, he exhibited four times in Dijon and settled in Semur-en-Auxois where he was appointed director of the drawing school from 1834. Subsequently, the town's museum was born and developed thanks to his initiative and connections. He was its curator until his death. During his forays into the Burgundian regions of Auxois, Châtillonnais and Tonnerrois he painted landscapes and buildings. His paintings combine robust architecture and realistic representation of nature. They are imbued with a soft light characteristic of the region. It is in his city of Semur-En-Auxois, surveyed for a long time in search of the ideal subject, that Bouhot fully achieved the mastery of landscape painting like this View of the Joly Bridge, proposed for sale. From this general view of Semur, the Pont Joly emanates the serenity proper to the artist's work. The town, made up of medieval towers, ramparts and houses, is spread out over several floors. In the middle of these buildings is intermingled a teeming vegetation. A warm evening light is diffused by the sky and the Armançon in which it is reflected. The artist's architectural mastery is manifested in a game with the viewer's eyes. The eye is attracted by the Pont Joly and would like to follow the trajectory of the river which continues its course beyond. Bouhot introduces a picturesque note where several characters go about their business: fishermen, washerwomen, carriages and horses. These details add a lively touch whose goal is not simply to animate but to give to see the "local color".
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