Emile Dezaunay

French, 1854-1938 Biography

Dezaunay painted landscapes and seascapes in his native Brittany. Along with Gauguin and Emile Bernard, Dezaunay was one of numerous artists who flocked to Pont Aven, a place of pivotal artistic inspiration. In 1890, he was staying at the famous Inn of Jeanne Gloanec, the cheapest pension in Pont Aven and the favorite haunt of so many to-be-famous artists, including Paul Gauguin. There he met Maxime Maufra and Gustave Loiseau.

A student of Delaunay and Puvis de Chavannes, Dezaunay was a founding member of the Salon d’Automne and was also invited to exhibit at the Salon des Tuileries. He adopted a very personal technique with choppy and sometimes swirling brushstrokes and flickering color. His technique is reminiscent of the Impressionists employing a formal construction of the composition.

He is represented in the Museum of Nantes, his native city, with Le Braconnier and Le Port de Nantes, as well as the Museum of Saint-Nazaire with Entrée du Port de Nantes.

Exhibitions:
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France
Museum of Saint-Nazaire, France

Museums/Collections:
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France
Museum of Saint-Nazaire, France