Falaise, Calvados, France
Falaise, Calvados, France


Falaise, Calvados, France

1904 France

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Othon Friesz was born in Le Havre in 1879, and enrolled at L’ecole des Beaux Arts in Le Havre 1892, where he received a traditional art education. He studied under Charles Marie L’Hullier, who had been one of Monet’s students, and was well known at the time. Friesz won a scholarship to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Whilst he was there, he associated with acclaimed painters such as Matisse and Pissaro, which was very formative for his painting style. Friesz first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1900, and then began to display his work at the Salon des Indépendants. At this stage, Friesz was still working in the way he had been trained; the late Impressionist pictures inspired by Monet. 'Falaise, Calvados, France,' (1904) is an example of the style in which Friesz painted in the first half of his career. One can see his attention to detail, and the particular focus on the effect of light. This painting also demonstrates the use of unmixed pigments and visible brushstrokes; the hallmark of the Impressionists.

Over the next few years he made a shift into Fauvism. The name “les fauves” (wild beasts) was coined by an art critic when he saw the work of Henri Matisse and André Derain in 1905. The paintings he saw were made using bold, non naturalistic colours and loose dabs of paint. The forms were simplified in a move towards abstract art. Georges Braque and Maurice de Vlaminck were included in this group of artists, as well as Friesz, and Dufy.

Friesz became successful as a Fauvist, and travelled extensively. He participated in exhibitions throughout Europe and America, and taught at the several art schools. Even though the artist returned to a traditional, austere technique in his late works, his earlier works, especially those from 1907, are regarded as the boldest examples of Fauvism. This painting is not only a beautiful depiction of the town of Falaise, but also serves as a window into the varied and colourful artistic journey of Othon Friesz.
Plaza Art Galleries Inc., New York City;
Private Collection New York;
Private Collection Beverly Hills, CA;
Private Colelction, United Kingdom
Height 21.80 inch (55.37 cm)
Width 29.00 inch (73.66 cm)
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OIl on canvas
Signed 'AE Othon Friesz' and dated (lower right)
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