La Muse Du Lac
by Alphonse Osbert


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  • Country of origin: France

  • Medium: Oil on board

  • Signed: Signed lower right and further inscribed with title and dated 1918 verso

  • Dated: 1918

  • Condition: Very good original condition

  • Size: 13.00" x 17.00" (33.0cm x 43.2cm)

  • Framed Size: 19.00" x 23.00" (48.3cm x 58.4cm)

  • Provenance: Private french collection

Artwork Biography

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Educated at the École des Beaux-Arts, his earliest passion was for the great Spanish masters, particularly Jusepe de Ribera. A shift away from his academic style took place in the late 1880s under the influence of several acquaintances associated with Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. Osbert abandoned naturalistic painting in favour of a Pointillist technique like that employed by Seurat and Signac. Also inspired by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and the Symbolists, he chose to forsake depiction of real-world subject matter, and developed a poetic visual language of his own. His signature style consists of ghostlike Muses in mysterious landscapes bathed in the unearthly light of a sun or moon, rendered with abundant use of the colour blue. In the 1890s he was associated with Joséphin Péladan and his order, the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross.

Osbert's later works include a few commissioned murals, for sites including the Centre Thermal des Dômes in Vichy (1903 and 1904), and the Church Of Saint-Louis in Vichy (1915).

An overview of his career titled 'Le peintre symboliste Alphonse Osbert', written by Véronique Dumas, was published by CNRS in 2005.

Museum & Gallery Holidngs

Musee D'Orsay - Paris holds 422 paintings by the painter