Rocky landscape

Émilie Charmy

Saint-Étienne, 1878 - Crosne, 1974

c. 1910
Oil on canvas
46 x 60 cm
2010.1.1
Donated by Michel Descours, 2010
© Musée de Valence, photo Béatrice Roussel

Émilie Charmy - Rocky landscape © Museum of Valence, photo Béatrice Roussel

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Émilie Charmy began her career in Lyon and moved to Paris in 1903, where she exhibited in the main Fauvist section of the Autumn Exhibition.  She met Camoin (1879-1965), with whom she travelled the south of France and Corsica between 1906 and 1912 and painted numerous landscapes.  This “robust” Corsican landscape offers a sweeping view of a rocky cliff.  It is part of a series that may date from the 1910s.  Its fragmented patterns surrounded by black and vivid palette contrasting with refined nuance, place it among the avant-garde works of the time.  Abandoning landscape,  Émilie Charmy next turned her hand to portraiture. 

Émilie Charmy - Rocky landscape © Museum of Valence, photo Béatrice Roussel