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Fair in Le Havre

Albert Marquet • Painting, 1906, 65×81 cm
About the artwork
Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Urban landscape
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1906
Size: 65×81 cm
Artwork in selections: 6 selections

Description of the artwork «Fair in Le Havre»

"The fair in Le Havre" written in the heyday of Fauvism. Marche up to the end of his days was friends with Henri Matisse. But even in the midst of fascination with Fauvism, his paintings still had not been sufficiently "wild".

Features politicheskogo direction – bright colors, wide the painted planes, the decorative effect is inherent in this picture. However, Marche is in no hurry to leave space to the plane, by strengthening the intensity of the color aspects of it in perspective. And bright colors so gracefully distributed on the canvas, perhaps in relation to this work the famous saying of Louis Voxel, accusing the group of Matisse that "they threw the audience in the face with a jar of paint"– somewhat redundant.

Early works in the Marche were a impressionistic landscapes. By 1906, he finally took leave of impressionism. His brushstroke is in many ways similar to the impressionist, but a departure from this tradition gives particular favor to black color, that the Impressionists used and the fauves – completely. Marche liked to use black as the color of the tuning fork, allowing the viewer to see the contrasts of light and dark. Gladly he uses and the contour, often in the form of a stroke-stroke, often black.

"Fair in Le Havre" in tone and overall mood compared with works by Alfred Sisley. But the subtleties of the image, overall lyricism and grace of the picture the marches of the period to Sisley, perhaps, does not hold.

Often, describing the work of the marches, talking about the ideal combination of the specific and the General. Against this picture of a very specific landscape and people represent rather a certain image of people, the idea of people in them are no specifics we can find. This approach is quite typical of the Marche: in his landscapes almost always have traces of other people are people, but they are the most generalized. But in the paintings Naples already the landscape loses the specifics, and the Bay of Naples becomes the sea, and a wonderful dream about the sea.

Author: Alain Grosheva