Stanislas Victor Edouard Lepine

Bords de la Seine à Saint-Cloud

Oil on canvas: 8.4(h) x 13(w) in /

21.3(h) x 33(w) cm

Signed lower left: S. Lepine

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STANISLAS-VICTOR-EDOUARD LEPINE

Caen 1835 – 1892 Paris

 

Bords de la Seine à Saint-Cloud

 

Signed lower left: S. Lepine

Oil on canvas: 8 3/8 x 13 in / 21.3 x 33 cm

Frame size: 14 ¼ x 18 1/8 in / 36.2 x 46 cm

 

Painted circa 1872-1877

 

Provenance:

Félix Gérard, Paris

Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, no.C4068

H Millis, London

RG Bacley, London;

by descent in a private collection, UK;

Christie’s London, 9th December 1998, lot 108;

Richard Green, London, 1998;

private collection, USA

 

Literature:

Robert and Manuel Schmit, Stanislas Lépine 1835-1892 Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Peint, Paris 1993, p.202, no.493, illus.

 

 

STANISLAS-VICTOR-EDOUARD LEPINE

Caen 1835 – 1892 Paris

 

 

The art of Stanislas Lépine joins the pre-Impressionists with the Impressionists.   He established his reputation with views of Paris and paintings depicting life on the banks of the Seine imbued with an atmosphere unique to his oeuvre. Although he gained little recognition during his lifetime, he was highly regarded by his fellow artists and, in 1874, was invited to exhibit in the first Impressionist Exhibition.

 

Lépine was born in 1835 in Caen, Normandy, to a family of cabinet makers. A pupil of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, he exhibited at the Salon in 1859 and during the early part of his career benefitted greatly from the patronage of the collector Hazard and his friend Comte Doria. The critic Georges Lecomte said of Lépine: ‘Il était unique, le direct élève du divin Corot’. The influence of Johann Barthold Jongkind was also very strong; this can be seen particularly in his choice of subject matter and use of light. Lépine was a consistent artist and his style hardly changed after 1869; as a result his works are difficult to date.

 

Lépine died in 1892 at the age of fifty-seven, almost totally paralysed; he was so poor that a friend had to make a collection to pay for his funeral. After his death his work began to gain some of the critical acclaim that he so richly deserved and a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at Durand-Ruel in December 1892.

 

ImpressionistStanislas Victor Edouard Lepine