La jetée à Doëlan
oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
signed and date lower right
Provenance: Walker Kimball and Company, Boston, MA, c. 1908; Mr. & Mrs. George W. Mehaffey, Boston, MA, c. 1908; Mr. & Mrs. Graham Tyler by descent 1934; Mr. & Mrs. Harry Cattrell by descent 1981; Kendall Fine Art, July 27, 2006
This work will be included in the catalogue raisonné being prepared by Jean- Yves Rolland.
Originally from Normandy, Moret lived and worked practically his whole life in Brittany and is regarded as an important Impressionist interpreter of the Breton landscape.
After completing his formal education at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Paul Laurens and Jean-Léon Gérôme, Moret rejected his academic training in favour of the painting techniques of the Impressionists. In 1888, he moved to the Breton village of Pont-Aven to join the colony of young progressive artists working there. He made friends with Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard, who introduced him to the tenets of Synthetism and inspired him to explore a more symbolist style of painting.
After Gauguin left Pont-Aven in 1891, however, Moret gradually returned to his earlier Impressionist style. In 1896, he settled in the nearby fishing village of Doelen where his art, a combination of Impressionist handling of paint and the Pont-Aven inspired heightened use of colour, reached its maturity.
The artist visited the Breton island of Ouessant seven times between 1889 and 1903. In these years his handling of paint became increasingly expressive and deft, echoing van Gogh’s, an artist Moret admired and with whom he exchanged paintings.