Teatime – The Artists Garden
by Henri Gaston Darien


  • Country of origin: France

  • Medium: Oil on canvas

  • Signed: Signed to edge of canvas lower left

  • Dated: 1900

  • Condition: Very good original condition

  • Size: 15.00" x 22.00" (38.1cm x 55.9cm)

  • Framed Size: 21.00" x 28.00" (53.3cm x 71.1cm)

  • Provenance: Private french collection

  • Literature: The artist painted his own garden on numerous occasions, often includeing the same bench and tea set in his work.

Artwork Biography

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Henri Darien studied with Jules Lefebvre and Guillemet. He became a member of the Société des Artistes Français in 1886 and exhibited regularly at their Salons, receiving numerous distinctions, notably: an honourable mention in 1889; third-class medal, 1897; Prix de Raigecourt-Goyon, 1897; second-class medal, 1899. His work appeared at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. He was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1910.

In his works, he chose a compromise between two contemporary styles: realism and Impressionism. His Auction is a scene featuring highly active real people, painted in a precise style; whereas the port and the transparent effects of the water in the background are obtained by means of small, light, luminous touches.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Auxerre: In the Forest
Fécamp (Mus. des Terre-Neuvas et de la Pêche): Auction (La Criée) (1909, oil on canvas)