Self Portrait – the artist in a garden
by Victor Alfred Paul Vignon


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Country of origin: France

Medium: Watercolour on paper

Signed: Signed lower left

Dated: c. 1880

Condition: Very good original condition

Size: 6.00" x 4.00" (15.2cm x 10.2cm)

Framed size: 10.00" x 8.00" (25.4cm x 20.3cm)

Provenance: From a private french collection

Further information

This work depicts the artist aged around 30 - 35 seated in a walled garden. We can accurately date the painting to the late 1870's or early 1880's. The work is on paper and has been removed from one of Vignon's sketchbooks. It has the artists pencil notes and annotations around the borders which suggest he executed this with a view to doing a larger version in the studio - likely in oil. It's unknown if this was ever completed as no known self portraits exist. The artist at this time was living in the Seine-et-Oise region of France nd its likely this was executed at his home in L'Isle Adam. At the time he was painting regularly with Camille Pissarro, Armand Guillaumin and Paul Cezanne and had become close friends with Vincent Van Gogh. The work has a plein air feel and a clear impressionist touch.

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Artist biography

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His mother has been incorrectly identified as the writer Claude Vignon but was in reality one Catherine Bouchard. Victor Vignon was a pupil of Corot around 1869. In 1884, he exhibited to great success. This pupil of Corot, a subsequent friend of Cals and companion of Pissarro and Cézanne at Auvers-sur-Oise in 1874-1876, went on to exhibit alongside the Impressionists from 1880 to 1886.


Victor Vignon constitutes a tenuous link between Corot, the Impressionists and the Barbizon School. His output consisted chiefly of still-lifes and landscapes. His bistre wash technique set him radically apart from his Impressionist friends and fellow painters, as did indeed his predilection for brooding skies and heavy clouds, snowscapes and sunken country roads.


After his death, examples of his work were featured in a themed exhibition entitled Between Heaven and Earth: Camille Pissarro and the Painters of the Oise Valley (Entre ciel et terre, Camille Pissaro et les peintres de la vallée de l'Oise) held at the Tavet-Delacour Museum in Pontoise. In 2002, that same museum mounted a solo exhibition of Vignon's body of work, the first such exhibition since World War II.


Museum and Gallery Holdings


Paris (Mus. d'Orsay): Landscape near Auvers

Rheims: Landscape with Figures

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