La côte d’argent

Louis Auguste Auguin

1824-1904

This is an oil on canvas 35 X 56 cm from Maison Blanchet in Paris, mounted in a restored mahogany frame 49 X 70 cm.
Circa 1880.

If some of you are wondering why we call the coast of Aquitaine “Silver Coast”, it is only to look at the work of Louis-Auguste Auguin to understand …
You know that I especially like these “sea portraits” which have excelled Gueit, Gélos, Paguenaud, Ogier, Roby and precisely Auguin, to name only those who worked in our region and we are little by little a specialty, finding them one everywhere. It must be said that the universality of the theme appeals to an international audience who appreciates the subject and the quality of the treatment.
In the case of Auguin, his cross influences were that of Corot which he was a pupil in Paris and Courbet during his trip to Saintonge, in short, but which was decisive for a whole generation of painters who transmitted to their turn this inheritance to their disciples such as Gueït for example.
I do not know where the landscape is represented, probably in the Gironde, but the texture of the brush strokes in the clouds, the hems of pink reflected in the calm water, the light blue of the sky very detailed as opposed to the coastline that it is only suggested to make a work that has nothing to envy to the Chinese “dream stones” as a medium for daydreaming …
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In partnership with Galerie Lafouresse, we are specialists in paintings on the Basque Country, the Landes and the Bassin d’Arcachon.

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