Art-Giverny internationally buys and sells original nineteenth and twentieth century paintings from renowned French and American artists such as Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé Monet, Theodore Earl Butler, Henry Bacon, John Leslie Breck, Samuel Horton, Guy Rose, William Sontag, Dawson-Watson, and many other painters from the School of Rouen including Emile Frechon, Albert Lebourg, Robert Antoine Pinchon and Raymond Thibesart.
Patrick Weil Bertrand, an experienced art dealer and fine art consultant, is the founder of Art-Giverny. A native of Normandy, Mr. Bertrand has been studying American expatriate painters who gravitated towardsClaude Monet including the “Giverny Artists Colony”, primarily Theodore Earl Butler, Edmund William Greacen, Guy Rose and John Leslie Breck. Mr. Bertrand is recognized as the expert on Theodore Earl Butler and Blanche Hoschedé Monet and is currently compiling a Catalogue Raisonné on Butler in collaboration and support with the artist’s descendants. He is also co-curating the 2016 Butler exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Mr Bertrand states: “Attending the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is a tribute to San Francisco ’s art, culture and diversity. In light of the hundredth anniversary of the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, I am presenting paintings by Theodore Earl Butler, an American Post-Impressionist, who exhibited three paintings at that world’s fair. It is also my privilege to exhibit two women artists, Blanche Hoschedé Monet and Mary MacMonnies Low, both central figures within the Impressionist circle.”
Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) East River, New York Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches Signed Lower Left : T.E Butler 00, 1.1 Date: January 1, 1900
In keeping with the centennial theme, ArtGiverny presents a pivotal painting by Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936). Theodore Butler set up his easel in New York celebrating the New Year of 1900 with his brush and palette. This American artist painted, over 100 years ago, the first impressionist painting of New York. Until this point in time this work has been in the hands of the descendant of the Hoschedé Monet family. “Butler moved to an upper story or the roof top of a tall building, so as to represent a complete panorama of the city and shore.” (gerdts page 168, Impressionist New York) From that misty and hazy day long ago, the smoke and fog continue to mix together with the brushstrokes to offer the viewer an incredible rendering of the Brooklyn Bridge: an impressionist painting. The viewer can almost feel the chill coming off of the painting and visualize the artist in front of it, with the wind whipping through his hair and his lapels flapping. It is an homage to the industrialization of the East River where steamboats and sailboats meet in time.
Blanche Hoschedé Monet(1865-1947) Grainstack in Giverny, 1889 Oil on canvas, 10.63 x 13.78 inch Signed Lower Left : B. Hoschedé Monet
This is an extraordinary Impressionist painting done in July 1889. It is one-of-a-kind as it is immediately recognizable as a “Monet haystack,” due to its subject matter and the time of the day in which it is painted. There are few pieces available like this one. Blanche Hoschedé painted right next to Claude Monet. In this painting we are tempted to say that the student has reached the level of her master. Claude Monet's art dealer Durand-Ruel purchased a "Haystack" by Blanche Hoschedé Monet, which is presently hanging in Claude Monet's house in Giverny. Blanche Hoschedé Monet captures the scintillating sunset in a view to the southwest towards the hills of Giverny. The light floods the scene and is palpable. The interaction of light and color in the sky and in the grain stack creates a festival of orange, yellow brown and golden hues, creating a theatrical vision of a summer evening in Giverny.
Art Giverny will be at booth #40.