Gustave Bourgogne, Rose D'amour - Original mid-20th-century gouache painting


An original mid-20th-century gouache painting, Gustave Bourgogne Rose D'amour.

A striking gouache painting of a 'rose d'amour,' with the artist’s signature use of intense colour against a black background. With their writhing brushwork and sprays of colour seeming to fall from the blooms, are these really flowers, or are they fireworks? 

Signed lower right. Dated 1936. Inscribed on the mount 'rose d'amour.'
Mounting card: Some wear and parallel creasing to the lower edge. Glue remnant stains visible in all four corners around the image. Mounting tape present in the upper centre and left corner verso. Image itself: Pinholes - three to the upper left corner, one in the upper right corner, and three in the lower left corner. Some loose card running parallel to the upper left side edge, likely remnants from card being cut with a studio knife. Upper right corner has detached from the mounting card, but is securely fixed in remaining corners. Small area of dried glue affixed to lower left corner.
23.9cm x 15.7cm.

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-726

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