Like so many paintings by Antonin Roux-Renard, this one shows an impression of his beloved home in the French Provence. The artist presents this small corner of the city to us bathed in light, nearly overfed by it. The light, nearly white stone in the foreground seems to reflect the heat. The houses seem to cling to each other, tired and exhausted, and only the flowering roses, the grapevine and the green trees appear to crave the sun no matter how much more there is to come. The painting is done in an impasto way and the intensity of the colours equals the thick layers of paint on the canvas. The bright blue sky above the red roofs, the dark green trees and the pink flowers all shine in full intensity. The summer heat of Southern France is captured on this canvas in everlasting perfection.
The painting has an appealing appearance, displaying only minimal craquelure. It is slightly soiled and shows few touch ups that are hardly noticeable. The beautiful frame shows traces of wear and a little material loss along the edges. The painting is signed lower right, “Roux-Renard”, along with a dedication to an old friend, “A mon viel ami Achille […]“. The overall dimensions, framed, are 67.5 x 50.5 cm; the dimensions of the canvas are 55 x 38 cm.
Antonin Roux-Renard (1870-1936)
Antonin Roux-Renard was born in Orange in France and began his studies at the academy for Fine Arts in Avignon. He later transferred to the Academy in Paris, where he was a pupil of Gustave Moreau. Roux-Renard presented his first paintings at the Salon in 1893 and his canvases with the sun-drenched landscapes of the Provence found immediate critical recognition. He was appointed official painter of the Navy at the end of the First World War, but always continued to paint portraits and landscapes, eventually returning to Avignon.