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André Wilder French, 1871-1965Type: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 25 3/4 x 32 inches
Frame Dimensions: 33 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches
Signature: (l.l.) A. Wilder - Janvier 1910.
Bateux sur la Seine, 1910

About the artist

André Wilder was born in Paris in 1871 into a family of intellectuals, his father being a well-known writer, journalist, and musicoligist. Wilder embarked on a career of landscape painting precisely at a time when this genre was being revolutionized. Wilder studied in Paris with Jean Léon Gérôme (1824–1924) and Marius Michel (1821–1890), but was most influenced by the free and expressive style of the Impressionists.

Although Monet and Sisley were certainly early influences, the artist who seemed to have had the greatest impact on Wilder’s style is Maxime Maufra, with whom he became acquainted in 1895 when they met in the small coastal town of Trébeurden on the northern coast of Brittany. Known for his coastal scenes of Normandy and Brittany, Maufra was one of the key members of the Pont-Aven group of artists who met and worked in the small Brittany village of Pont-Aven in the 1890. Gustave Loiseau (1865–1935), Henry Moret (1856–19 13), Paul Serusier (1863–1927), and Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) were also key figures in Pont-Aven, all of whom were closely associated. They all shared an artistic interest in painting landscapes and village scenes that portrayed the local countryside and the Breton people, while experimenting with their own individual interpretations of the newly formed Impressionist movement.

Known primarily as a post-impressionist painter of landscapes, cityscapes, and marines, Wilder exhibited his works widely. He participated in exhibitions of the Salon de Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon d’Automne, and the Salon desTuileries, as well as at exhibitions in 1904 and 1909 at Galerie Bernheim-Jeune in Paris. Wilder also traveled to Belgium and Holland, where he exhibited in Brussels and Rotterdam. Additionally he exhibited in London, New York, Zurich, Barcelon, Zaragoza, San Francisco, Riga, and Tokyo. His works can be found in the collections of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Department of the Interior, the Prefect of the Haute-Loire, Prefect of the Loire-Atlantique, City of Paris, and the City Hall, Constantine, Algeria.

The influence of Maufra’s painterly aesthetic, his palette, and his keen interest in portraying a true sense of place and atmosphere can all be clearly seen in the present work, Bateaux sur la Seine. Painted in Paris in January of 1910, it is an exceptional work that also beautifully illustrates Wilder’s individuality and virtuosity in its execution, employing a refined sense of composition, adroit draftsmanship, and masterful brushwork.

Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
Salon des Tuileries, Paris, France
Bernheim-Jeune Gallery, Paris, France, 1904, 1909
Wildenstein & Company, New York, New York, 1924

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Department of the Interior, France
Prefect of the Haute-Loire, France
Prefect of the Loire-Atlantique, France
City Hall, Constantine, Algeria
City of Paris, France

E. Bénézit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Editions Gründ
Thieme-Becker Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart,
E.A. Seemann Verlag Leipzig

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