Self-taught man passionate about art, Mathias Ary Jan founded his first gallery in 1997. Three years ago, he established his gallery 32 avenue Marceau, where he exhibits works from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Among the many artistic movements that flourished during this pivotal period in art history, Mathias Ary Jan specialized in Orientalism and the Belle Époque.
The gallery regularly presents themed exhibitions, around emblematic artists such as Félix Ziem or Jacques Majorelle and has been participating in numerous Salons, notably the Biennale Paris and the Brafa in Brussels for more than ten years.
(1870 – 1959)
Oil on cardboard
Signed and dated 1903 at the bottom right
Dimensions: 68 x 92 cm
Gabriel Frizeau collection and descendants
Frédéric Chappey “L’oeuvre de Charles Lacoste (1870 – 1959)”
Master’s Thesis, University of Paris X-Nanterre, 1981, described under n°256A
Salon des Indépendants, 1904, n°1329 Charles Lacoste, Galerie Druet 1905, N°63
Our painting comes from the collection of Gabriel Frizeau, who acquired it directly from his close friend Charles Lacoste even before the painting was exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1904.
It will be exhibited again at the Galerie Druet, which presents its first exhibition entirely dedicated to the Bordeaux painter in January 1905.
The work on light on which the painter focuses his attention in the early 1900s is perfectly illustrated in this work. On the railway bridge crossing the Garonne, a train merges with the building in the same blue line that draws the horizon. Smoke plumes escape from the locomotive to vanish in a pink and gold sky irradiated by the rays of a fiery sun. In the foreground, the river vibrates with intense reflections accentuated by lively and jerky relief of matter, while the outlines of the city stand out in a sinuosity of mauve and blue tones.