Henri Pailler (1876-1954)
By the banks of the river Clain, Poitiers Signed, further initialled, inscribed and dated, "1911" to the reverse
Oil on canvas
21 x 28¾ inches
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A beautifully composed view of the river Clain, near Poitiers.
Henri Pailler was born in Poitiers. He was awarded a scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he trained under Auguste Louvrier de Lajolais and subsequently Leon Bonnat. His time there coincided with many of the later wave of Fauvists but his style remained much closer to Impressionism.
Pailler was a frequent visitor to the valley of Crozant throughout his life. The area in the Creuse departement had always been popular with landscape painters, particularly the Impressionists and their followers. Claude Monet painted there and Armand Guillaumin, an artist Pailler especially admired. The term, " Ecole de Crozant" is often used to loosely group painters inspired by its landscape from the mid 19th century onwards.
From 1906, he began teaching at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Poitiers. After the First World War, he was appointed Professor of drawing at Roubaix. He was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon, submitting seven paintings in 1903 and four the following year.
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