“I believe that Guillaumin’s ideas as an artist were more developed than those of others, and that if everybody else were like him, we would produce more good things and be less inclined to fight amongst ourselves.” These words of Van Gogh convey the admiration he felt for the artist. Guillaumin was equally esteemed by his peers, who, through his example, often discovered new paths in modern painting.
Guillaumin participated in the first Impressionist exhibition, held in the former studio of the photographer Nadar in 1874. Indeed the artist, who died seven months after Monet in 1927, was the group’s longest lasting survivor. When he first met Cézanne and Pissarro, it was the beginning of a lifelong collaboration and friendship. The saturated palette of this canvas, freed from a purely mimetic relationship with nature and with its predominant purple and contrasting green, establishes Guillaumin as a precursor of the Fauve painters.