Charles Angrand, Hay Ricks in Normandy
Charles Angrand, Les Villottes, c. 1887-1889, oil on board, 16 x 23.5 cm, Paris, musée d'Orsay.
Charles Angrand (1854-1926) was a French painter and draughtsman associated with the Neo-Impressionist movement. He was born in Criquetot-sur-Ouville, Normandy, and studied art in Paris at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts. Influenced by the pointillist technique of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Angrand developed his own style of painting, using small dots of colour to create a sense of luminosity and depth. Angrand's paintings often depicted rural scenes and landscapes, as well as portraits and still lifes. He also created large murals for public buildings, including the Hôtel de Ville in Rouen. Despite his association with the Neo-Impressionist movement, Angrand's work remained distinctive and unique, with a focus on light and colour that set him apart from his contemporaries. Angrand died in Rouen in 1926, but his work continued to be exhibited and celebrated throughout the 20th century. Today, his paintings can be found in major museums around the world, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.