Gustave Bourgogne, Rose and Daisies - Original mid-20th-century gouache painting


An original mid-20th-century gouache painting, Gustave Bourgogne Rose and Daisies.

A lively gouache painting of a rose, daisies and other flowers, against a black background. On card. In this painting the artist’s palette is similar to Van Gogh’s, with an iridescent rose in the foreground streaked with many different hues – pinks, mauve, white, yellow, blue – in a way that would not be found in nature. As with many works in this collection, it uses the technique of bringing out colour against a black background – move away from naturalism in the interests of intensity. The flowers appear almost as bursting fireworks.

Two rows of horizontal creasing running parallel to the upper edge, possibly from being historically mounted. Some varnish bleed through around the edges verso. Bright pink paint bleed through of the large central flower visible verso.
15.9cm x 12.1cm.

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-708

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