Argenteuil, 1883

Gaston BRUELLE Argenteuil, 1883 © National Marine Museum / A. Fux

Gaston BRUELLE (Paris, 1849-Asnières, 1884)
Argenteuil, 1883
Below left: GASTON BRUELLE ARGENTEUIL 1883
Oil on canvas. H. 0,60; L. 0,81
Purchase. Inv. 2013.19.1

This table shows the precise representation of an animated regatta in a well-identified site, the Argenteuil basin, a high place of nautical practice in the 19th century. The active "Cercle de la Voile de Paris" gives its regattas in spring and autumn.
This lively and privileged setting, like many sites on the Seine, attracted many artists who came to seek inspiration. The Impressionists such as Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Manet or Caillebotte, fervent regatta, have made it known to the world.

A student of Jules Noël (1810-1881), Gaston Bruelle remains little known. He exhibited at the Salon of the French Artists of 1869 to 1881 (in 1873 with the Refused). The consultation of the Circle directories reveals that he was a subscribing member of 1880 at 1884. He also contributed to the weekly Le Yacht in 1883 by sending eight drawings illustrating regattas in Argenteuil, Rouen, Le Havre and Trouville.

Precious testimony of the golden age of pleasure on the Seine, this work enriches the museum's collection in the field of water sports. It allows to rediscover a painter of talent, traveler and amateur of yachting.

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