Levert impressionist exposition 1876



Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:

Jean-Baptiste-Léopold Levert


at the 2nd ‘impressionist’ expositions in 1876

an impression of his exhibited paintings


What pictures did Léopold Levert show in 1876?
At the 2nd ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1876 in Paris Jean-Baptiste-Léopold Levert showed 9 landscapes (catalogue numbers 93-101). None of my main sources render a suggestion (R90II; R2). There were no reviews (R90I). 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 1876. Therefore I will render undated oil paintings of Levert depicting general landscapes as most uncertain suggestions. To compare I will also render drawings of Levert with similar scenes (in general terms) and oil paintings of other artists depicting a more specific similar scene. (See also the account.)


Levert showed 4 paintings depicting Portrieux: the village (no.93), the beach (no.94), the harbour (no.95) and the jetty (no.96). For the first 3 paintings I render works of Levert which have some similarity with the exhibited works. For no.93 (the village) I render an aquarelle of Levert depicting an unspecified village and a painting of Boudin rendering more specific a view on Portrieux. For no.94 (the beach) I render a general beach scene (probably) of Levert and a painting of Boudin rendering more specific the beach (and coast) of Portrieux. For no.95 (the harbour) I render a drawing of Levert depicting a harbour (probably of Saint-Denis) and a painting of Boudin rendering more specific the harbour of Portrieux. For no.96 (the jetty) I couldn’t find a suggestion at all of Levert. So I render to compare an old postcard and a painting of Boudin, all depicting the jetty of Portrieux. Compare also two paintings Signac made of this jetty and which he exhibited in 1890 with Les XX. Jeditoo (iR111) shows several photos and paintings made in Portrieux, including of the Jetty of Saint-Quay Portieux. Ekablog renders a page on the visit of Boudin to Saint-Quay Portrieux in 1855 and in the 1870s. There also is a book on painters in Portrieux: Bernard Corbel: Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Enjeu maritime aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècle. Saint-Brieuc, 2012 (see PDF).

For the numbers 97 +98 +101 I render to compare drawings of Levert rendering more in general a similar scene and also oil paintings of other artists depicting more specific a similar scene. For no. 99 +100 I render undated oil paintings of Levert depicting an unlocated farm (no.99) and village (no.100).



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