Oil on canvas
25 ½ x 31 ¾ inches
32 ½ x 39 inches framed
Signed lower left: Abel Truchet
G.M. Lotinga Fine Art Galleries, London
Private collection, Paris.
The works of Louis Abel-Truchet often recorded the bustle and gaiety of the Parisian streets and cafes with their joyous crowds. An early French Impressionist, Abel-Truchet could point to his most successful canvases that depicted the cafés of Montmartre, Monte Carlo, and Avignon especially at nightfall as well as the canals of Venice, scenes that were also painted by fellow Parisian artist Toulouse-Lautrec, who employed a more satirical tone. Out of all the Impressionist painters Abel-Truchet was one of the few who approached nighttime café scenes. Abel-Truchet’s scenes like Country Fair, Le 14 Juillet which celebrated Bastille Day (French National Day) is a commemorative painting of the storming of the Bastille Day and the start of the French Revolution. Unlike his counterparts of the day Abel Truchet often used a thicker paint application as well as a richer color palette that more closely resembled the approach of Sorolla. He also would typically employ a modicum of detail to capture the atmosphere, costumes, and stances of the scene before him as in our Country Fair, Le 14 Juillet. The fact that Abel-Truchet used a more flamboyant paint application coupled with the large number of figures he chose to articulate especially in our example made his pictures more valuable. Artists like Abel-Truchet captured the fin-de-siècle feel of Paris which still holds an allure to buyers of this day.