Donzy-le-Perthuis – Burgundy
by Hippolyte Petitjean


Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: Signed lower left

Dated: c. 1900

Condition: Very good original condition

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

Framed size: 23.00" x 30.00" (58.4cm x 76.2cm)

Provenance: Remnants of original exhibition label verso

Further information

This work depicts a view of Donzy-le-Perthuis in south Burgundy - an area where the artist painted extensively. A restrospective of his landscapes of the region was held during the exhibition "Paysages de Bourgogne, de Corot à Laronze" at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon in 2001.

Artist biography

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Hippolyte Petitjean started his training in Mâcon and then became a student at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where he worked in Cabanel's studio. By selling two Seurat paintings that he owned for 25,000 gold francs, he was able to build an immense studio opposite the Parc Montsouris.

Petitjean painted some mythological subjects, but mainly executed figured landscapes, many of which were views of Paris. He made preparatory studies in the open air, but usually painted the final and highly detailed pictures slowly in the studio. He was an admirer of Puvis de Chavannes and a close friend of Seurat. The careful detail of his compositions connects him to the Symbolists, though he was equally committed to the Divisionists' technique, which he practised faithfully from 1886 until his death. His output consists of about 350 pictures and many drawings, watercolours and gouaches.

Petitjean exhibited in Stockholm in 1887, in Paris at the Salon des Indépendants from 1891, in Brussels in 1893 and 1898, in Berlin in 1898, in Weimar in 1903 and in Wiesbaden in 1921. Posthumously, he was represented in the exhibition Burgundian Landscapes, from Corot to Laronze ( Paysages de Bourgogne, de Corot à Laronze) at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, in 2001.

Museum and Gallery Holdings

Mâcon (Mus. des Ursulines): Landscape in Donzy-le-Pertuis (c. 1885, oil on canvas)
Paris (Louvre): Landscape with a Hill (c. 1890, watercolour)
Paris (MNAM-CCI): The Artist's Wife (1892)

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