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'La Campagne' by Paul Roux (1891)

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'La Campagne', watercolour on fine paper,  depicts the French countryside in summertime. Roux' watercolour technique is amazingly detailed and generally uncharacteristic of that medium. It's as if the viewer is looking from the back window to enjoy the green splendour on offer from nature. The work is in its original impressive frame which is an antique in its own right. The glass has been replaced with UV protection and a new backing installed. Consistent with its age, this work is in good vintage condition showing some subtle fading of colour but retaining the verdant impression of a beautiful countryside. Signed: 'Paul Roux 1891'. The other verbiage is less clear seeming to refer to the Ain Department in the part of France near the Geneva basin.

About the Artist: Paul Roux (1845 - 1918) was a painter, printmaker and French water-colourist. He was the son of the painter Louis Roux (1817-1903). Roux was a pupil of French classic and academic artist Alexandre Cabanel, but broke away from academia to start his creative work painting on the grounds in the forest of Fontainebleau, near Paris, then in Normandy and Brittany. He travelled to England, where he painted landscapes of the English countryside and the Thames, then exhibited those at the Salon in Paris from 1882. Roux' works are characterised by a signature light touch, subtle colours full of spontaneity and energy. He was a member of the Society of French artists during his lifetime. 

A work of this age and quality with such a substantial antique frame is a collectible piece of history and a significant addition to anyone's home or gallery.  

Dimensions with frame:

H  40 cm

W  49 cm

Dimensions without frame:

H  26 cm

W  35 cm