Charles Angrand

Charles Angrand (19 April 1854 – 1 April 1926)

Charles Angrand
(19 April 1854 – 1 April 1926)

Style: Neo-Impressionism

Background: Charles Théophile Angrand was born in Criquetot-sur-Ouville, Normandy, France, to schoolmaster Charles P. Angrand (1829–96) and his wife Marie (1833–1905).

Edcuation: He received artistic training in Rounen at Académie de Peinture et de Dessin. His first visit to Paris was in 1875, to see a retrospective of the work of Jean-Baptiste- Camille Corot at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Corot was an influence on Angrand’s early work.

After being denied entry into École des Beaux-Arts, he moved to Paris in 1882, where he began teaching mathematics at Collège Chaptal.  Angrand joined the artistic world of the Parisian avant-garde, becoming friends with such luminaries as Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Signaz, Maximilien Luce, and Henri Edmond Cross.His avant-garde artistic and literary contacts influenced him, and in 1884 he co-founded Societe des Artistes Independants, along with Seurat, Signac, Odilon Redon,and others.

Achievements: Angrand exhibited his work in Paris at Les Indépendants, Galerie Druet, Galérie Durand-Ruel, and Bernheim-Jeune, and also in Rouen. His work appeared in Brussels in an 1891 show with Les XX.In the early 1890s, he abandoned painting, instead creating conté drawings and pastels of subjects including rural scenes and depictions of mother and child, realized in dark Symbolist intensity.

He began painting again around 1906, emulating the styles and colours of Signac and Cross. Angrand developed his own unique methods of Divisionism, with larger brushstrokes. As this resulted in rougher optical blending than small dots, he compensated by using more intense colours. Some of his landscapes from this period are almost nonrepresentational.  Before World War I, he lived for a year in Dieppe. Then he moved back to Rouen, living there for the rest of his life. He was very reclusive for his last thirty years, but remained a dedicated correspondent. Angrand died in Rouen on 1 April 1926.

Famous Works: 

Charles Angrand - Couple in the Street

Charles Angrand – Couple in the Street

Charles Angrand - Hay Ricks in Normandy

Charles Angrand – Hay Ricks in Normandy

Charles Angrand - In the Garden

Charles Angrand – In the Garden

 

Charles Angrand - Mother of the Painter

Charles Angrand – Mother of the Painter

Charles Angrand - Western Railway Leaving Paris

Charles Angrand – Western Railway Leaving Paris