Armand Guillaumin – “Agay the Red Rocks” (1918)

Jean Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, French Impressionist painter, friend of Cezanne and Pissarro, known for his bold use of colors and his French landscapes, struggled to make a living with his art most of his life, never receiving the same acclaim as some of better-known peers.

Agay is a village/coastal resort on the French Riviera with a small bay overlooking the Mediterranean.

Self-portrait with easel, 1878

I regularly pay visits to Guillaumin’s “The Seine at Charenton” housed at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. I have about seventy of his paintings stashed away on my hard drive. He is one of my favorite of the Impressionists. His use of brash, vibrant oranges, reds, blues and purples imagine a world of heightened, almost psychedelic reality. He also produced many more tempered, moderate land and city scapes.

The Athenaeum has about 500 of his works (link below).  If you’re a fan of Impressionism, here’s a lesser known renegade you may want to know.

Armand Guillaumin Artworks at The Athenaeum

UPDATE – 11/18/2016 – The Athenaeum website is down.

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