Children at Play near La Lys


Children at Play near La Lys

Jenny Montigny

Data de realização: 1929

Dimensões : 60,00 x 60,00 x 0,00 cm

Técnica : Óleo

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Jenny Montigny (Ghent 1875 - Deurle 1937). "Children at Play near La Lys". Belgian School. Signed on the lower right. Signed and dated 1929 on the reverse. Oil on canvas. Jenny Montigny was a Belgian Impressionist painter and pastellist of portraits, landscapes, interiors and still lifes. For the first twenty years of her life, she was subject to the typical middle-class upbringing of a wealthy environment. She had been fascinated since childhood by art and did everything possible to achieve her goal. She discovered her great role model at the end of 1892 in the Museum for Fine Arts of Ghent; full of admiration, she stood before the painting "De Ijsvogels" by Emile Claus that had just been purchased by the City. From 1895, she regularly visited Claus' atelier in Astene, to follow free lessons there. In 1904, she exchanged bourgeois Ghent for an independent, uncertain existence in Deurle. After her debut at the Ghent Exhibition in 1902, she exhibited in Paris already the following year. For many years she was a conspicuous presence at the exhibitions of the "Société des Beaux-Arts", and participation also brought with it success: already in 1906, the French State purchased a painting of hers at the "Salon des Indépendants". She was active in the luminist artists association "Vie et Lumière". She often participated in exhibitions in Brussels, among others at the Waux-Hall of the "Cercle Artistique et Littéraire" in 1904. Already in these early pieces, the Ghent periodical "La Tribune Artistique" discovered the immense value of her work: "Let us establish that everything radiates youth: illusion, charm, joie de vivre. The spring has its say, the sun, the light, a pleasant atmosphere, nature in celebration. This young and already very clever artist sees, understands and gives expression to this." Montigny also displayed her work at the triennial exhibitions in Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent. From her debut, she was considered by art critics as a disciple of Claus.