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Pair of Paintings by Maurice Menardeau (French, 1897-1977)

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Menardeau studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Art of Paris under the tutelage of Charles Fouqueray, a famous Academic painter of navy scenes who transmitted to Menardeau his passion for the sea.
In 1924, he discovered Concarneau, a beautiful harbor on the Brittany shore, which attracted open-air artists in love with seascapes from all other the world. Menardeau was held under Concarneau spell until his death.
From 1925, Menardeau had been accepted to exhibit at the career-launching Salon des Artistes Fran̤ais of Paris. He won the Mention of Honor in 1926 and became a member of the committee.
His talent as a seascape painter was noticed and in 1936, he was appointed by the Ministry of the French Navy to be its official painter. An anchor next to the artists signature characterizes that distinction.
That nomination led him to travel to South America, Northern Africa and the Far East: in Indochina, all under French control at that time.

This work was made during that trip. Although the Navy commissioned Menardeau, it is clear that this painting was not intended to depict any kind of French supremacy.
Menardeau dedicated this work to translate the poetic beauty of the Ha Long Bay with the same sincere energy he did of Concarneau.

Menardeau's modern style used a revolutionary technique called

en applat  (French for a loose and flat brushwork with a mat finish) made famous by an artist contemporary of Menardeau: Albert Marquet. He synthesized the landscape to its essence, outlining expressive forms and using a narrow color range.
Both artists are remembered as painters of light, a light creating a dialogue between sky and water, a light bathing the seascape and tying each and all of its elements together.
One cannot imagine a better way than Menardeau had to render the luminous jade color of the quiet waters of Ha Long and the serenity, held in time, of the Bay.

 Literature:
- Benezit: Dictionnaire des Peintres, 1999
- Gerald Schurr: Le Guidargus de la Peinture du XIXe si̬ecle nos jours, Paris 1999
- Henri Belbeoch: Les Peintres de Concarneau, 1993
- Yvon Le Floch: Maurice Menardeau, Peintre de Concarneau et d' Ailleurs, Exposition
H̫tel de Ville de Concarneau.

Museums:
Maurice Menardeau's work is exhibited in several museums in France and abroad.

Fontainebleau Fine Art

Pair of Paintings by Maurice Menardeau (French, 1897-1977)

Call For Price and Availability | 203-325-8070


PSM-49398

Menardeau studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Art of Paris under the tutelage of Charles Fouqueray, a famous Academic painter of navy scenes who transmitted to Menardeau his passion for the sea.
In 1924, he discovered Concarneau, a beautiful harbor on the Brittany shore, which attracted open-air artists in love with seascapes from all other the world. Menardeau was held under Concarneau spell until his death.
From 1925, Menardeau had been accepted to exhibit at the career-launching Salon des Artistes Fran̤ais of Paris. He won the Mention of Honor in 1926 and became a member of the committee.
His talent as a seascape painter was noticed and in 1936, he was appointed by the Ministry of the French Navy to be its official painter. An anchor next to the artists signature characterizes that distinction.
That nomination led him to travel to South America, Northern Africa and the Far East: in Indochina, all under French control at that time.

This work was made during that trip. Although the Navy commissioned Menardeau, it is clear that this painting was not intended to depict any kind of French supremacy.
Menardeau dedicated this work to translate the poetic beauty of the Ha Long Bay with the same sincere energy he did of Concarneau.

Menardeau's modern style used a revolutionary technique called

en applat  (French for a loose and flat brushwork with a mat finish) made famous by an artist contemporary of Menardeau: Albert Marquet. He synthesized the landscape to its essence, outlining expressive forms and using a narrow color range.
Both artists are remembered as painters of light, a light creating a dialogue between sky and water, a light bathing the seascape and tying each and all of its elements together.
One cannot imagine a better way than Menardeau had to render the luminous jade color of the quiet waters of Ha Long and the serenity, held in time, of the Bay.

 Literature:
- Benezit: Dictionnaire des Peintres, 1999
- Gerald Schurr: Le Guidargus de la Peinture du XIXe si̬ecle nos jours, Paris 1999
- Henri Belbeoch: Les Peintres de Concarneau, 1993
- Yvon Le Floch: Maurice Menardeau, Peintre de Concarneau et d' Ailleurs, Exposition
H̫tel de Ville de Concarneau.

Museums:
Maurice Menardeau's work is exhibited in several museums in France and abroad.

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