Levert impressionist exposition 1874

 

 

Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:

Jean-Baptiste-Léopold Levert

(1819-1882)

at the 1st ‘impressionist’ expositions in 1874

an impression of his exhibited paintings

 

What pictures did Léopold Levert show in 1874?
At the first ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 in Paris Jean-Baptiste-Léopold Levert showed 3 landscapes (catalogue numbers 84-86): 1 depicting the banks of the river Essonne; 1 depicting a (water)mill near Touviaux and 1 depicting a view near Auvers-sur-Oise. None of my main sources render a suggestion (R90II; R2; R87). None of the reviews render a specific description of these landscapes (R90I). Carjat does only in general terms (no.85+86) and De Montifaud just mentions the title of no.84. (All these reviews are quite positive.) This will leave it very uncertain which paintings were exhibited. The other problem is that there are hardly oil paintings known of Levert, they all have a general title and are not dated. This makes identification impossible.
Still, I want to honour Levert, who joined the ‘impressionist’ expositions 4x, which is more than Cézanne did. And I want to give an impression of what landscapes he exhibited in 1874. Therefore I render for no.84 + 85 to compare two drawings of Levert with a similar theme (in general terms) and two paintings of other artists depicting a more specific similar theme. For no. 86 I render an undated oil painting depicting a general landscape as a most uncertain suggestion. (See also the account.)

 

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