Gustave Bourgogne, Flowers in Blue Vase - Original 20th-century gouache painting


An original mid-20th-century gouache painting, Gustave Bourgogne Flowers in Blue Vase.

A colourful gouache painting of flowers in a blue vase. The yellow and orange flowers in this vibrant image are conveyed with splashes of pure colour, while the vase is an intense blue. Like a number of Boulogne’s paintings in this collection, this work shows the influence of Matisse and the Fauves, in its sensuous combinations of bright colour.

Signed lower right. Dated 1944. Inscribed 'Pau'. The city of Pau in southwestern France, close to Spain, is where Bourgogne lived during the 1940s. 
Very light age toning on the upper half as shown. Majority of the painting has come loose from backing paper, with only the lower half remaining affixed. Otherwise, in good condition.
16.1cm x 12.2cm.

This is one of a series of works from a large folio of paintings by Gustave Bourgogne, entitled ‘la Peinture Musicale.’

Gustave Bourgogne (1888-1968) was one of the leading figures in an artistic movement of the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, which tried to create a synthesis between the visual arts and the art of music. Bourgogne was one of the founders, in 1932, of the Association des Artistes Musicalistes. These ‘musicalists’ tried to recreate in paint the emotion that was evoked by a piece of music: to find an equivalent for sound in colour and pictorial form.

In Bourgogne’s case, the inspiration for this approach came in 1928, when he heard the bells of the cathedral at Malines in France. Through a particular form of synaesthesia, Bourgogne experienced these sounds also as colours, and would devote much of his career to the attempt to reproduce in his paintings the feelings that he had when listening to music. In Bourgogne’s words, both music and painting have the same ‘deep rhythm,’ which he sought to express.

Bourgogne specialised in landscapes and still lifes, but as his career progressed, so they became increasingly difficult to distinguish, in their great expressiveness, from his abstract and semi-abstract interpretations of great musical compositions. Frequently, the titles of these paintings cite the specific musical works that inspired them.

The joyfulness and exuberance of the works in our collection belie the fact that many of them were painted during the dark days of the Second World War.

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Product code: JG-705

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