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STANISLAS LEPINE (1835–1892) Title: Untitled (La rue du Mont-Cenis), Medium: Graphite on Paper, Size: 11.75 x 8.75 in, Date: c. 1868. (Attrib.). Impressionist painter French, born in Caen 3 October 1835 and died in Paris, on September 28, 1892, whose artistic work is along with Johan Barthold Jongkind and Eugène Boudin among the precursors of impressionism. Born in a family of artisans, his first artistic training was self-taught. He spent a season in the Studio of Jean-Baptiste Corot, renowned realist painter of the first half of the 19th century, where he met Johan Barthold Jongkind. The influence of Jongkind was very important at the beginning of the production of Lepine, and materialized in the choice of subjects and its representation; general views, night and sea in which the treatment of the sea, clouds and Sky continue guidance and technique of Jongkind. Representative samples of this period are his works boats on the River, Moonlight (1859, Rheims Museum St. Denis) and port of Caen in the light of the Moon (1859); This last was presented at the Paris Salon of that year, in what was his first public exhibition. In 1873 he was part of the Corporation of painters, sculptors and engravers, Association which brought together the core of impressionist painters. The following year participated in the Impressionist Exhibition I held by the Corporation in the studios of photographer Nadar in the boulevard des Capucines. The exhibition, which was shown 165 works by artists such as Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Cezanne and Guillaumin, was the founding exhibition of the Impressionist movement. Although within the Impressionist circles Lepine only participated in this exhibition, his work attracted the interest of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who in 1886 organized him a solo exhibition at his gallery in the United States. In spite of this, the work of Lepine, as most of his Impressionist colleagues, had little acceptance in the French art market of the second half of the 19th century. For this reason had, like many of his colleagues, exhibitions in the Hôtel Drouot for disseminating the innovations of Impressionism among collectors and sell his paintings at affordable prices.



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