Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:
of his exhibited art-works
On this page you will find an account of the pictures that Antoine Attendu maybe showed at the first ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 and at the official Paris Salon , including it’s successor of the Société des Artistes Français from 1870 until 1898. As the main sources I used Moffett (R2), Berson (R90) and the database of the Musée d’Orsay (aR1). Moffett doesn’t give any suggestion of what contemporary work could be the same as Attendu exhibited in 1874, nor does Berson (R90II,p3). Attendu made many kitchen and food still lives and of most of his works it’s unknown in what year he made it, this makes the indication his works mostly ‘very uncertain’, see more. Often to ‘compare’ another picture is given that similarities with the painting that was exhibited. For explanation of the subscriptions, see here. For the reproductions I made use of several sources, especially www.artnet.com (=iR13). (For the general references (=R) see. For the references to internet pages (=iR) see. For the additional references (=aR) see at the bottom of the main page about Antoine-Ferdinand Attendu. See link for his pictures.
Antoine Attendu at the first ‘impressionist’ exposition 1874:
- catalogue numbers 7 – 12
- in no.9 the title has a plural form, so I quess it contained at least two works
- so Attendu probably showed at least 7 works
- 3 of them were loans of unknown owners (no. 7, 11 and 12): M. A. Q (no.7); M. J. D. (no.11+12)
- 3 of them were aquarelles (no. 10-12)
- 1x an indication of place
- 0x an indication of time, season or weather
- 0x a study
- Berson doesn’t mention Antoine Attendu, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p3), which is affirmed by Adhémar (R87,p229).
The catalogue (iR1;R2,p119;R90I,p4;R87,p229;R88I,p19):
1IE-1874-7 Nature morte (appartient à M.A.Q)
nature morte = still life. There are many suggestions uncertain to be made.
1IE-1874-8 Un fin connaisseur
Eng.: a subtle expert (?). I have no suggestion and no idea what is ment with this tittle. There is a possibility this painting was a portrait, which would be one of the few portraits of Attendu.
1IE-1874-9 Quelques réflexions (au XIIIe arrondissement)
Eng.: some reflections on the 13th quarter. See Google-maps for the XIIIe arrondisement in Paris. Some reflections: The plural form of the title suggest at least two paintings showed under one catalogue number; it suggests city views of the 13th quarter in Paris. As suggestion I give two pictures of city views; they are not of the XIIIe arrondisement (?) so they are just to compare. My first suggestion is a later (1891) picture ‘Winterliche Strassenansicht’ (Eng.: streetview in winter) I found on artnet (=iR13); the title indicates the rendering of the influence of weather / season; the painting does the same; this makes it in some way an impressionistic work; the brushstroke is quiet loose, but not junxtaposed; the signature is in the right corner below ‘F A Paris 91’. My second suggestion is called ‘Sucy en Brie’ I found on artnet (=iR13); Sucy-en-Brie is a small municipality 20km south-east of Paris; see GoogleMaps for Sucy en Brie; the pictures showes a streetview with a clear rendering of the influence of sunlight; the brushstroke is not smooth and full of detail, but not very lively either; this makes it in some way an impressionistic work; the signature and the title is in the right corner below.
1IE-1874-10 Nature morte: musique (aquarelle)
Eng.: still life: music (watercolour). I have no suggestion for this work. The tittle indicates it’s a still life apart from his main theme kitchen and food.
1IE-1874-11 Nature morte: cuisine (aquarelle, appartient à M.J.D)
Eng.: still life: kitchen (watercolour, loan of mister J. D.). Attendu made many still lives of kitchens and many of his works are not dated so it’s very hard to identify this work. I didn’t found an aquarelle of Attendu. To compare I give a pastel ‘still life with chicken’ which is now in the musée du Château de Luneville and which I found on Wikimedia (=iR6): see a french article on the castle; links to the museum itself don’t seam to work. Note: this is one of the three works of Attendu of which is in a museum (aR3). The signature is in the left corner below. The date is before 1866 (aR3) or before 1888 (aR4).
1IE-1874-12 Nature morte: cuisine (aquarelle, appartient à M.J.D)
In the catalogue this title is rendered by repetition marks and then it is indicated ‘aquarelles, appartient à M.J.D’. See 1IE-1874-11. To compare I give an oil painting with the title ‘still life’ I found on ebay (=iR42). The signature is in the right corner below.
Antoine Attendu at the Salon:
In 1870 Attendu made his debut at the Salon (=S) with two works. In 1872 Attendu didn’t show a work at the Salon. The change is big that he was rejected. (Because of the French – Prussian war, there was no Salon in 1871.) Obviously Attendu was rejected for the Salon of 1873 and exhibited at the Salon des Refusés (=SdR).
S1870-61: Nature morte
As very uncertain suggestion I give a still life from the artnet (iR13)
S1870-3024: Saltimbanque, d’après M. Mettling ; aquarelle
Eng.: circus artist or fair acrobat; so probably this was a sort of portrait
was M. Mettling the same as his teacher M.L. (Louis) Mettling?
I have no suggestion for this work
SdR1873-399: Nature morte
SdR1873-400: Un vieux type
Eng.: an old type; probably this was a portrait. I haven’t found a suggestion.
S1874-45: Huîtres, etc
(Eng.: oysters). Compare: .
S1875-46: Salade Mayonnaise
I don’t have a suggestion.
S1875-47: Lapin de garenne
(Lapin = rabbit). To compare I give a pastel, a still life with a rabbit, pheasant and pigeon from the artnet (=iR13).
S1876-44: Le thé
(It’s uncertain if this picture represented a cup (as a still life) of tea or a social gathering drinking tea. I assume the first. Compare S1877-58.) I don’t have a suggestion for this work.
S1877-58 Le café
(It’s uncertain if this picture represented a cup of coffee (as a still life) or a coffee-house. I assume the first. Compare S1876-58.)
I don’t have a suggestion for this work.
S1877-59: Les huîtres
(Eng.: oysters) Compare: Antoine Attendu (?), 18xx, Mussels in a porcelain bowl, (after Jacob Fopsen van Es), xx, xx (iR37). .
S1878-59: Le déjeuner froid
(Eng.: the cold lunch. It’s uncertain if this picture represented the food (as a still life) or a social gathering of people having a cold lunch. I assume the first.) I don’t have a suggestion for this work.
S1879-78: ‘Chez mon écaillère’
(Eng.: with my scale; Nl.: met mijn schub; a still life with fish? ). I don’t have a suggestion.
S1879-79: Les langoustes
(Eng.: lobster; Nl.: kreeft). As very uncertain suggestion I give a still life with a lobster and cucumbers in a glas from the artnet (=iR13).
Antoine-Ferdinand Attendu at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français:
Attendu also exhibited at the successor of the Salon by the Société des Artistes Français (=SdAF).
SdAF-1880-94: La Valence !; 78x140cm
Eng.: Valencia or orange. The title reads as an exclamation, so I suppose it’s a city view of the town Valencia in Spain, see Google-maps. Compare SdAF-1883-56.
SdAF-1880-95: Pommes; 78x140cm
(Eng.: apples) As a very uncertain I give a still life with an apple from the artnet (=iR13). Both: ‘non exempts = reçus sans examen’ (Eng.: exhibiting without having passed an exam)
SdAF-1881-49: Arrivage du Mans
(Eng.: arrival of a ship called ‘Le Mans’ ? Or: arrival at Le Mans (see Google-maps) ? I suggest to depict this picture as a city view, but don’t have a suggestion.)
SdAF-1881-50: Les Victimes
(Eng.: the victims. I suggest to depict this picture as a portrait, but don’t have a suggestion.)
SdAF-1882-61: Chez l’armurier
(Eng.: armourer; Nl.: wapensmid) On ebay (=iR42) I found a drawing signed by Attendu and drawn after this picture he exhibited.
SdAF-1883-55: Le chaudron (appartient à M. Charles Tissier)
(Eng.: kettle; Nl.: kookketel). To compare I give a still life with a pewter jug I found on ‘La Vie Moderne’ (=iR34), an interesting website on the eight ‘impressionist’ expositions in Italien. I think it’s one of his most beautiful still lives. Note: this is one of the few loans that Attendu exhibited at the Salon.
SdAF-1883-56: La Valence ! La belle Valence !
(Eng.: Beautiful Valencia. So probably a city view. Compare S1880-94.) I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1884-52: Les dattes
(Eng.: date; Nl.: dadel) I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1884-53: La Terrine
(Eng.: tureen; Nl.: aarden pot). Compare: Antoine Attendu, 18xx, stilleben, 58×78, Axx (iR13); and: 18xx, Kitchen still life with wine balloon and clay jug as well as a stool and candlestick, 23×30, Axx (iR13).
SdAF-1885-76: Le potiron
(Eng.: pumpkin; Nl.: pompoen). Compare: Antoine Attendu, 18xx, kitchen still life with calabash and olives, xx, Axx (iR41).
SdAF-1885-77: Les Armures
(Eng.: armour). As uncertain suggestion I give a still life with armour, which is now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes. I found the picture in the interesting article of the eclectic light company (iR35). Joconde doesn’t affirm my suggestion (iR23).
SdAF-1885-2511: Dans les champs, pastel
(Eng.: in the field. So probably a landscape.) I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1886-55: Le chou
(Eng.: cabbage; Nl.: kool). I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1886-77: Le Lièvre
(Eng.: hare; Nl.: haas). To compare I give a drawing of a dead hare on a basket near a pot.
SdAF-1886-2511: les oeufs, pastel
(Eng.: the eggs). To compare I give an oil painting of a still life with eggs from the artnet (=iR13). Note that this painting is rather big for a still life: 81x54cm
SdAF-1887-55: Les citrons
(Eng.: lemons). To compare I give a still life with quinces that was auctioned at Christies 10/6/2008 (=iR15).
SdAF-1887-2556: Le Poulet, pastel
(Eng.: chicken). before 1888, Still Life with Chicken, pastel, xx, Musée du Château de Lunéville (iR6).
SdAF-1887-2557: les grenades, pastel
(Eng.: the pomegranate; Nl.: granaatappel). I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1888-66: Les portugaises
(Eng.: the Portugees. So probably a portrait.) I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1888-2615: Le lapin de garenne (pastel?)
(Eng.: rabbit. Compare S1875-47.) To compare I give a pastel, a still life with a rabbit, pheasant and pigeon from the artnet (=iR13).
SdAF-1889-58: La dame-jeanne
(Eng.: the lady Jane (?). So probably a portrait. I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1889-2801: La dinde, pastel
(Eng.: turkey). Compare: before 1888, Still Life with Chicken, pastel, xx, Musée du Château de Lunéville (iR6).
SdAF-1889-2802: le livarot, pastel
(Eng.: a sort of cheese). To compare I give an oil painting, a still life with cheese and apples
SdAF-1890-50: Coin de crémerie
(Eng.: corner of the creamery; Nl. hoek van het melkhuisje. So probably an interieur.) I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1890-51: nature mort
It could be any still life. I don’t have a suggestion.
SdAF-1890-2513: l’oie, pastel
(Eng.: goose). I don’t have a suggestion.
Walther suggests Attendu has exhibited regularly until 1898 (R3,p645). The Salons database also mentions his name in the following years: 1891 / 92 / 93/ 94/ 95/ 96/ 98 + 1903 / 04/ 05 (iR1).
Note: additional info will follow later.
Attendu sometimes exhibited at regional exhibitions.
Ferdinand Attendu lived in 1888 at 66, Rue Rochechouart in Paris.
Additional info: 160 francs.
Recommanded citation: “Antoine-Ferdinand Attendu, an account of his exhibited art-works. Last modified 2023/01/08. https://www.impressionism.nl/attendu-account/.”