Musée d'Orsay: George Le Brun The Vestibule

George Le Brun
The Vestibule

The Vestibule
George Le Brun (1873-1914)
The Vestibule
Circa 1909
Charcoal highlighted with pastel on paper
H. 62; W 48 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot

Le vestibule [The Vestibule]

In the early part of his career, Georges Le Brun devoted himself to sober depictions of peasant interiors, taking inspiration from the Italian and Flemish primitive painters for the layout and symbolic meaning of objects. Then, when he moved to the small town of Theux in the Ardennes in 1904, he produced a number of paintings of the new house where he lived with his wife. Here, he uses the perspective of a corridor to create a strictly geometric composition, enhanced by the floor tiles and the crossbars on the door at the back.

Although heavily influenced by Symbolism, Le Brun remained open to all forms of avant-garde expression, and followed the changes and developments of the Neo-Impressionists. His interest in this can be detected in the subtle interplay of light in this charcoal, and especially in the synthetic representation of the figure of a woman reading, a figure that recalls Seurat's characters. The Vestibule is also an example of Intimism, a development in painting that appeared in western art around 1900.

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