CHARLES ANGRAND (1854-1926)
Charles Angrand (French, 1854-1926) was a Neo-Impressionist painter and draftsman. He studied at the Académie de Peinture de Dessin in Rouen. In 1882, he moved to Paris and became a math teacher at the Collège Chaptal in Paris. Angrand became a founding member of the Salon des Indépendants in 1884. Throughout the 1880s, the artist painted rural subjects and street scenes.
During this time, he met the Impressionist Vincent van Gogh at a café near Chaptal, and later corresponded with him. Angrand was influenced by artists like Georges Seurat, and was praised by Paul Signac. He used the Divisionist method to create monochromatic works, as seen in Self-Portrait (1892). While he was active, he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, Galerie Druet, Durand-Ruel, and Bernheim-Jeune. He also submitted illustrations to the anarchist publication Les Temps Nouveaux. After Seurat's death in 1891, Angrand became a recluse. He scarcely continued to make work. After World War I, he moved to Rouen and focused on making works on paper that studied light, rather than illusions in color.
Angrand's works can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d'Orsay, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Gallery in London, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, and the Valtion Taidemuseuo in Helsinki. The artist died on April 1, 1926.
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