Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Art: A Peasant Woman at Prayer

This is a print of "A Peasant Woman at Prayer" by Andre-Antoine Crochepierre (1860 - 1937)

I purchased it at Black Diamond Antiques & Collectibles, Frackville, PA in July 2008 ($16.00).

Kneeling on a low chair, her arms resting upon its high back, her white beads in her hands, this old woman looks before her with a sweet, complacent smile. Over her shoulders is drawn a red woolen shawl of that warm, bright tint, in which Vibert so often dresses his subjects. Her dress of black homespun falls in heavy folds about her, and her head is enveloped in a white kerchief, bound turban fashion about it. This painting shows in a marked degree the artist's excelling powers in fine flesh technique. His drawing of hands is unequalled, and his depiction of the wrinkled faces of age is unexcelled. (Catalog of the Art Collection of T. B. Walker)

I haven't been able to find a great deal of information on this artist, but the article I found states that he was born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot on June 1, 1860, and he started painting at a very early age.

When he was 20, he became a member of the French artists and exhibited each year. He won all the medals, so it was classified as non-competitive. He participated in the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris, and seven years later, at the age of 47, the state took ownership of one of his paintings. The Louvre exhibited the painting in his lifetime, which is extremely rare.

Many of his paintings have gone abroad, bought by Americans. His paintings can be found in galleries and in private homes in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York and Buenos Aires.

He wrote in 1911 in the Walker Gallery, Minneapolis: "I remain faithful in the performance of my painting to the qualities which, in my estimation, are the beauty of paintings of the Dutch school of the seventeenth century, and I find in this school real models."

So virtually until his death in 1937, Andre Crochepierre used the Flemish technique to paint many wonderful works.

This painting does have the look and feel of the Dutch masters. Vermeer comes to mind for me.

1 comment:

  1. I have a print of the same woman copyrighted by Louis F. Dow Co., with Andre Crochepierre signature, dated 1890. It has a honeycomb pattern to it, so presume it's older. It also is not numbered. How can I find the value of this print - it's framed & under glass.