EMILE RENE MENARD (1862-1930)
Nymphe se baignant au crépuscule

Nymphe se baignant au crépuscule
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EMILE RENE MENARD (1862-1930)
Nymphe se baignant au crépuscule

1862 to 1932 France
POA
Signed/InscribedSigned ‘E. R. Ménard’ lower left Height28.30 mm
1.11 inches
Width36.80 mm
1.45 inches
This fantastical scene is the epitome of the artist’s oeuvre- A nymph bathing herself in the light of dusk. Émile- René Ménard was a great admirer of Ancient Greece and the classical world, having been immersed from a young age in an artistic environment, with the likes of Corot and the Barbizon painters frequenting his home, familiarising him with antique subjects. He became fascinated by humanist themes, especially nymphs, mythological spirits of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden inhabiting rivers, woods, or other locations.

Ménard’s pastel technique where he would scratch onto the canvas to reveal the layer underneath emphasises the ethereal and nostalgic ambience whilst adding a dreamlike quality to the work.

In Nymphe se baignant au crépuscule the viewer can see what Victor Shoe meant when he described Ménard’s work as "visions of a pacified, bathed nature, of dawn and of twilight, where the soul seems to immerse itself in the innocence of daybreak, and breathe the divine anointment that comes with the dawn."(as quoted in Jean-David Jumeau-Lafond, Les Peintres de l'Âme: le Symbolisme Idealiste en France, exhibition catalog, Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, October 15 – December 1999)

Provenance

Private Collection, France;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

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