Henry Moret


Artist Biography:

Little is known of Moret's life until he began his military service in 1875. Jules La Villette, his commander in Lorient, who first noticed his artistic talents, introduced him to Ernest Corroller, a drawing teacher and marine painter. Corroller taught him the art of landscape painting as practiced by masters such as Courbet, enabling him to register at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris Moret would become a French Impressionist painter. He was one of the artists who associated with Paul Gauguin at Pont-Aven in Brittany. He is best known for his involvement in the Pont-Aven artist colony and his richly colored landscapes of coastal Brittany.In love with Brittany where he spent all of his life, he understood the intimate feeling for beings and for things; he ignored nothing. Moret knew the small ports surrounded by the Breton hills; he noted the red sails on the green and blue seas, the teeming of the fishermen leaving and returning to the dock. His little figurines were excessively studied for their movements. Moret examined the horizon with his eye while walking within the nature that he loved. Coasts, forests, valleys, in every season, he observed them with all of his senses and reproduced them accordingly. Moret became more immersed in Impressionism, applying small flecks of paint to his work rather than the broad strokes favoured by the Pont-Aven artists. Increasingly he focused on landscapes where his light effects can be seen in the sunsets and storm scenes he painted around 1909.

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