PIERRE-EUGÈNE MONTÉZIN (1874 - 1946)
Born in 1874 and dead in 1946, Pierre-Eugène Montézin is a French artist, who was part of the post-impressionist wave. His work is mostly influenced by the one of Claude Monet, but he especially inherited his inclination for Nature from his father. Indeed, Montézin has a special taste for fresh air, countryside landscapes and open fields strolls. Deeply in love with natural things, Montézin is renowned for his smooth and true colored landscapes.
He develops the technic of glue painting at the early age of 17 years old and as soon as 1893, he is praised by Louis Vauxcelles, eminent critic of his time. Mixing his own pigments, Montézin defies most complex landscape compositions : raining weather, leaves falling in Automn, immaculate snow. His work is finally rewarded when he is accepted in the Salon of French Artists in 1903.
Montézin volunteers in 1914 and comes back in Paris in 1919, forever changed by the reality of war and more than ever self-conscious of his art. Living in Paris but always escaping the tumultous life of the coty with numerous journeys on the countryside, Montézin paints as little as possible in his studio and he brings back together men with their environment. In 1932, he receives the medal of honour from the Salon of French Artists, which represents a true performance, since it means that his technic overcomes his controversial subjetcs. With this prize, he becomes the first landscape painter rewarded for almost 30 years. The following year, he is unanimly voted President of the Salon and exhibits in the Galerie Charpentier.
During his solo exhibition at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in 1938, Louis Vauxcelles said about Montézin's work that "Each touch, each vibration weights as a truth"
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