1931 HENRI ALPHONSE BARNOIN Art Engraving Print - Boat Harbor Brittany France
Color engraving of boats at Le Port de Concarneau in the Brittany region of France.
- Mark: Signed lower left - H Barnoin (not sure if ink/paint signed or if part of print) || Pencil title lower right - Bateau Bretons (Breton/Brittany Boat) No. 4 || Pencil on back - 1931 Concarneau
- Measurements (WxH): 12.375 x 9.75 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition. Minor toning. Foxing on back, and seen on front edges, particularly lower corners. Thumbtack hold top center edge.
About the Artist
Henri Alphonse Barnoin (1882–1940) was a French painter born in Paris in 1882. Barnoin's father was an artist as were two of his uncles, and he studied art at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Although Barnoin initially studied with Luc-Olivier Merson, it was his second teacher, Émile Dameron, who became a more significant influence on his artistic style, attracting Barnoin to Impressionism. He first exhibited his paintings at the Salon des Artistes de Paris in 1909. He continued to exhibit regularly at this annual Salon, winning a Silver Medal in 1921 and a Gold Medal in 1935. The Musée de Faouët, a museum dedicated to showing the paintings of artists who had worked in Brittany, had a major retrospective of Henri Barnoin’s paintings in 2006. His work can be seen in the Musée du Faouet and the Musée des Beaux-arts in Quimper, and at the Musée des Beaux-arts in Brest.
He chose to live in Concarneau in 1919 having been a frequent visitor to the port before WW1. There he opened a studio on the "Quai Pénéroff" which became a favourite meeting place for fellow artists all inspired by the light and animated scenes of fishing boats, village markets, and the sea. In 1926, Barnoin became official Artist to the French Navy. In addition to his oil paintings, he was a renowned pastellist, enjoying playing with the effect of light on a variety of scenes in a Post-Impressionist style. Among Barnoin's favored subjects were marine, harbour, and coastal scenes, mostly painted in the rich settings of Brittany.