Ottin, Léon, account

Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:

Léon-Auguste Ottin

(1836-1918)

Account

 

 

Introduction:
On this page you will find an account of the works Léon-Auguste Ottin exhibited at the 1st and 2nd ‘impressionist’ exposition (=1IE-1874 + 2IE-1876) and at the Salon (=S) and it’s successor the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français (=SdAF). There will be references to the auction of 1891/12/16 notified as ‘A1891-x’ (aR15). See also the thematical overview of his pictures and of his stained glass windows.

 

Léon Ottin at the first ‘impressionist’ exposition 1874:

  • catalogue numbers 129 – 135
  • so in total Léon-Auguste Ottin exhibited 7 works ; maybe one work was a curtain (no. 132). One work was a litho (no. 133).
    • 2x an indication of place
    • 0x an indication of time, season or weather
    • 1x a study (no. 135)
    • 1x a loan (no. 134)
  • Adhémar (R87,p248), nor Moffett (R2,p122) nor Berson (R90II,p11) give any suggestions.

Reviews:
Burty (1874/04/25) ‘The more moderate and no less valiant works of Messrs. Colin, Rouart, Boudin, Lépine, Ottin fils or de Nittis, the watercolours of Mr. Lepic, show how much is to be expected from this school. (R87,p262)

1874 catalogue: (R2,p122;R87,p248;R90I,p7;iR1)

1IE-1874-129, Après la messe à la campagne
Eng.: After the mass in the countryside. Berson refers to a review of de Malte, who just mentions the title (R90I,p27).

1IE-1874-130, Au château (Sannois)
Eng.:  at the castle (Sannois). Louis Leroy calls this work ‘a study … very bright and very fine’ (R87,p260;iR4). Sannois lies 20km north-west of Paris, north of Argenteuil (iR9). Nowadays there is not a castle, but there is an avenue du Château, so maybe there was a castle in former days.

1IE-1874-131, La butte Montmartre, versant sud
Eng.: the Montmartre hill, going south. Louis Leroy (1874/0425) cals this work ‘quite delicate in tone’ (R1,p320;R87,p260). Philippe Burty (1874/04/25) cals it a ‘charming summit study’ (R87,p262). Note: in 1876 Léon Ottin will exhibit many works depicting Montmartre. See also his watercolours.

1IE-1874-132, La fête chez Thérèse, projet de rideau de théâtre
Eng.: The feast at Thérèse, theatre curtain project. Berson omits this work, which means there were no reviews (R90,p11).

1IE-1874-133, Une bergerie sans moutons, lithographie
Eng.: A sheepfold without sheep, lithograph. Berson omits this work, which means there were no reviews (R90,p11).

1IE-1874-134, At home; appartient à  M.T.N.
The English title does assume that T.N. was an Englishman. Maybe this was depicting an interior. Berson omits this work, which means there were no reviews (R90,p11).

1IE-1874-135, Mariette, tête d’étude
Eng.: Mariette, study of a head. Berson omits this work, which means there were no reviews (R90,p11).

 

Léon Ottin at the 2nd ‘impressionist’ exposition 1876:

  • catalogue numbers 183 – 196 = 14 numbers
  • number 195 contains 7 and number 196 3 works; Monneret suggests these works were watercolours (R88I,p637)
  • so in total Léon-Auguste Ottin exhibited 22 works;
    maybe 10 of them were watercolours; it is even possible that all works were watercolours, because there are more watercolours known of Ottin depicting Montmartre, than oil paintings. Still, he also depicted Montmartre in oil paintings (1IE-1874-131 + S1875 + A1891,no.1-20).

    • 17x an indication of place (11, actually 12, of Butte Montmartre)
    • 4x an indication of time, season or weather
    • 0x a study
    • 2x a loan (no. 1876-193 + 196-2)
  • nor Moffett (R2,p164) nor Berson (R90II,p43) give any suggestions.

Reviews:
L’Audience (1876/04/09) reviewed: ’the Butte de Montmartre has found in Mr. Ottin the younger, is a faithful interpreter, whose brushwork traces the original points, la Maison-Rouge, for example, la rue du Mont-Cenis, la tour Solférino, etc.’ (R90I,p53).

1876 catalogue: (R2,p163/4;R90I,p50/51;iR1)

2IE-1876-183, La maison bleue (butte Montmartre)
Eng.: the blue house. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43). Compare a painting from the 1891 auction: A1891-9 — La Baraque bleue, rue Saint-André.

2IE-1876-184, Mont Cassin, versant sud (Butte Montmartre)
An unknown top / mountain in Montmartre. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

2IE-1876-185, En plein soleil, versant sud (Butte Montmartre)
Eng.: In full sunlight, going south. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

2IE-1876-186, Sur le versant nord (Butte Montmartre)
Eng.: On the northern slope. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

2IE-1876-187, Le Plateau de la Butte
Probably a more horizontal part of Montmartre. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43). Compare a painting from the 1891 auction: A1891-5 — Le Plateau de la butte en 1872.

2IE-1876-188, La maison Lorcinier (Butte Montmartre); appartient à M.L…
Un unknown house. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

2IE-1876-189, La rue du Mont-Cenis (Butte Montmartre).
See watercolours. Berson refers to a review in L’Audience, which refers to no. 189 or 195-3 (R90II,p43), where only the title is mentioned.

2IE-1876-190, Retraite de Russie, versant ouest (Butte Montmartre)
Eng.: a Russian retreating, going west. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

2IE-1876-191, La maison rouge, l’Abreuvoir (Butte Montmartre)
Berson refers to a review in L’Audience (R90II,p43), where only the title is mentioned. There is a Rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre. I doubt it if there still is a watering place. At the 1891 auction there was a painting with a similar title: A1891-15 — L’Abreuvoir.

2IE-1876-192, Petit rue Saint-Denis (Butte Montmartre)
Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43). There is a Rue Saint-Denis at the edge of the 1er and 2e arrondissement in Paris, but I can’t find one in Montmartre. At the auction of 1891 there were 2 paintings with a similar title: A1891-16 — Petite-Rue Saint-Denis, dans le haut; A1891-17 — Petite-Rue Saint-Denis, dans le bas.

2IE-1876-193, La tour Solferino (Butte Montmartre); Appartient à Mme O.
Berson refers to a review in L’Audience (R90II,p43), where only the title is mentioned. The meaning is unclear, probably a tower called Solferino. A painting with a similar title was auctioned in 1891 from the properties of Léon Ottin: A1891-14 — La Tour Solférino. Does this mean that Mme O. is his own wife, Mme Ottin?

2IE-1876-194, Au cimetière (Butte Montmartre)
For the location see. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

2IE-1876-195, 7 pièces :
2IE-1876-195-1e Le sommet, orage. 
Eng.: the peak, storm. Maybe the peak of the Montmartre hill. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).
2IE-1876-195-2e Le sommet, brouillard sur Paris. 
Eng.: The peak, mist over Paris. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43). Compare: A1891-43 — Vue générale de Paris, du sommet de Montmartre.

2IE-1876-195-3e Rue du Mont-Cenis
The Rue du Mont-Cenis lies in the 18e arrondissement Clignancourt. Berson refers to a review in L’Audience, which refers to no. 189 or 195-3 (R90II,p43), where only the title is mentioned.
2IE-1876-195-4e L’observatoire à 10 cent
Maybe the Observatoire de Paris or the observatoire de Sorbonne in Paris. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).
2IE-1876-195-5e Village Kabyle
An unknown village. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).
2IE-1876-195-6e D’un balcon, soleil couchée. 
Eng.: from a balcony, setting sun. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).
2IE-1876-195-7e Entre les rues des Carrières et Marcadet. 
Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43). Probably where the Rue Marcadet and the Rue Eugène Carrière cross in the 18e arrondissement Clignancourt, see map.

2IE-1876-196, 3 pièces :
2IE-1876-196-1e Le parc
Eng.: the park. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).
2IE-1876-196-2e Auvergne; Appartient à M. And. Gill
The Auvergne is a region in France. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).
2IE-1876-196-3e De la rue Ordener. 
The rue Ordener lies also in the 18e arrondissement Clignancourt in Paris. Berson leaves out this work, which means there were no reviews (R90II,p43).

 

Léon-Auguste Ottin at the Salon
Here below you will find an account of the art-works that Léon Auguste Ottin exhibited at the Salon (=S) and it’s successor the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français (=SdAF). I am much obliged to the Salon database for their information (iR1).

S1861-2409, Portrait de M. P…
Probably his debut at the Salon.

SdR-1863-289, rue Saint-Jacques; de Delaroche
Léon Ottin was rejected for the Salon and exhibited at the Salon des Refusés. Note: Léon Ottin was a pupil of Paul Delaroche, so maybe this is a copy of a work of Delaroche. The Rue Saint-Jacques lies in Paris.

SdR-1863-432, Portrait de M. L.
A portrait of a man.

SdR-1863-433, Portrait de madame O.
A portrait of a woman.

SdR-1863-434, Une église de campagne; étude
Eng.: a church in the countryside; studie. Compare: L. Ottin, 1856, Vue intérieure de l’église Jouy-le-Comte, wc, 25×35, BNF (iR40;iR6;iR10;iR48).

S1864-1459, Portrait de M. A. A…, artiste dramatique
So this must be a portrait of a man.

SdR-1864-3286, Le donneur de trompe, valet de chiens; Peinture
Eng.: (?) the trunk donor, servant of the dogs; painting. Probably 2 different works. Note: he exhibited this number / these works in the catagory ‘Ouvrages non admis au concours des récompenses’ (Eng.: works not admitted to the awards competition) (iR1). Boine mentions they were rejected and included as a sort of Salon des Refusés (R287,p416+).

S1865-1630, Entre ciel et terre
Eng.: between earth and sky.

S1866-1470, Vénus
One of the rare mythological themes of Léon Ottin.

S1867-1162, Concert à l’atelier
Eng.: concert in the studio.

S1868-1894, *Les deux sœurs
Eng.: two sisters. Pothey calls it ‘a simple, blonde, luminous composition, drawn with a lot of energy and willpower’ (R265,no3=iR4).

S1868-1895, *Après le bain
Eng.: after the bath. Pothey mentioned it was hung so high, that you couldn’t discern it’s qualities (R265,no3=iR40).

S1869-1836, Madelaine (Voir aux Dessins, etc.)
A portrait of a woman.

S1869-3011, La roue de la fortune; vitrail (Voir à la Peinture)
Eng.: The wheel of fortune; stained glass window.

S1870-3877, Décollation de sainte Barbe; vitrail
Part of the Saint-Quentin basilique?

S1870-3878, Mélancolie, allégorie; vitrail
Part of the Saint-Quentin basilique?

S1870-p753, Collégiale de Saint Quentin. Restauration des légendes des saintes Catherine et Barbe
Additional info: Monuments publics ; Saint-Quentin, basilique (iR1).

S1870-p753, Restauration d’un vitrail représentant l’arbre de Jessé;
Monuments publics; Châtillon-sur-Seine (Côte d’Or), église Saint-Nicolas.
Additional info: Cette notice n’est pas numérotée et apparaît p. 753 du livret. Monuments publics – Ouvrages exécutés ou placés dans les Monuments publics depuis le précédent Salon, et qui, par leur nature, ne peuvent figurer à l’Exposition. (iR1)
Compare: 1872-x-2.

S1872-p337, Eglise Saint-Nicolas, à Châtillon-sur-Seine (Côte-d’Or): /
S1872-p337-1, Restauration de la Légende de saint Jacques ;
S1872-p337-2, restauration de L’Arbre de Jessé.
Compare S1870-p753
Additional info: Monuments publics. Cette notice n’est pas numérotée et apparaît p. 337 du livret (iR1).

S1875-1570 La butte Montmartre, le matin Peinture
Compare 1874-131 and many other works exhibited at the 2nd ‘impressionist’ exposition. This painting was part of the 1891 auction: A1891-1 — Sur la butte Montmartre (Exposition de 1875). Though this work was a painting, compare the same theme in his watercolours.

S1876-p537, Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Cléry (Loiret): (4) vitraux.
Additional info: Monuments publics; Cette notice n’est pas numérotée et apparaît p. 537 du livret.
S1876-p537-1, Le voeu de Dieppe /
Eng.: The wish of Dieppe.
S1876-p537-2, Installation du roi Louis le onzième comme premier chanoine de Cléry /
Eng.: Installation of King Louis the 11th as the first canon of Cléry.
S1876-p537-3, L’Adoration des bergers /
Eng.: the adoration of the Sheppards. A biblical theme.
S1876-p537-4, Attaque du pont de Meung par Jeanne D’arc [Jeanne d’Arc] ;
Eng.: Attack of the Meung bridge by Jeanne D’arc. A historical theme.

S1879-4294-1, Donateurs avec leurs patrons, saint Roland et saint Georges;
S1879-4294-2, Donateurs avec leurs patrons, saint Mathieu et sainte Adélaide; vitraux
Eng.: Donors with their patrons, Saint Roland and Saint George; Saint Matthew and Saint Adelaide; stained glass windows.

S1879-p534, Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune (Côte-d’Or). /
Grande salle: crucifixion; Mater dolorosa; verrière ;
Additional info: Monuments publics ; Cette notice n’est pas numérotée et apparaît p. 534 du livret.

Salon de la Société des Artistes français (=SdAF):
(Léon-Auguste Ottin was a member.)

SdAF-1881-3230, Vacances en Normandie; sept aquarelles
Probably 7 watercolours made during his holidays in Normandie. Léon Ottin will exhibit many watercolours. Compare works from the 1891 auction: A1891-115 à 129 – Quatre-vingt-huit aquarelles, bords de la mer: Étretat, le Tréport, Yport, Courseulles, et divers.

SdAF-1882-3688, Promenade au bord d’un canal, d’après Leys; peinture sur verre
Eng.: walk along the canal, after Leys; painting on glass

SdAF-1882-3689, Les cantons suisses et leurs alliés; peinture sur verre
Eng.: The Swiss cantons and their allies; painting on glass.

SdAF-1883-3079, Le placet; vitrail
Eng.: (?) the plot or: the petition; stained glass window

SdAF-1883-3080, Carnaval; vitrail
Eng. carnaval; stained glass window

SdAF-1884-3063, L’Ecu de la ville de Bâle, d’après Holbein; vitrail
Eng.: the shield of the town of Bâle, after Holbein; stained glass window.

SdAF-1884-3064, Quatre aquarelles: /
Maybe 4 watercolours on shipping and waterviews.
SdAF-1884-3064-1. Dans le petit ris. /
Eng.: In the little reef.
SdAF-1884-3064-2. Navire sur le chantier. /
Eng.: vessel on site.
SdAF-1884-3064-3. La berge du quai Voltaire. /
Eng.: the bank of the Quai Voltaire. the Quai Voltaire is at the other side of the Seine opposite the Louvre in Paris.
SdAF-1884-3064-4. Les bains de la Frégate
Eng.: The baths of the Frigate

SdAF-1885-1892, *Intérieur finlandais
Eng.: Finnish Interior

SdAF-1885-3080, Deux aquarelles: /
Two bridges leading to the Île de la Cité.
SdAF-1885-3080-1, Le Pont-Neuf /
See watercolours.
SdAF-1885-3080-2, Le Pont-au-Change
See map.

SdAF-1886-3206, Portrait de Mlle Albertine L…; aquarelle
Portrait of a woman.

SdAF-1886-3207, Le Pont-Neuf; aquarelle
See watercolours.

SdAF-1887-3309, *La berge du quai du Louvre, pendant les travaux de reconstitution en 1886; aquarelle
Eng.: The bank of the Quai du Louvre, during the construction works in 1886; watercolour. See map. Also at the 1891 auction: A1891-42 — La Berge du quai du Louvre (Exposition de 1887).

SdAF-1888-3444, *La route de Vaucotte, à Yport; aquarelle
Eng.: the road to Vaucotte at Yport. Vaucotte lies about 37km north of Le Havre at the Normandie coast.

SdAF-1890-3212, Le Pont Neuf du port au charbon à Paris; aquarelle
Eng.: the Pont-Neuf (bridge) at the coal harbour in Paris; watercolour. Compare 2 paintings from the 1891 auction: A1891-2 — La Cité du Port au charbon + A1891-6 — Le Pont-Neuf, du quai des Orfèvres. Compare: A1891-115 à 129 – Quatre-vingt-huit aquarelles, bords de la mer : Étretat, le Tréport, Yport, Courseulles, et divers.

SdAF-1890-3213, Le lavoir, à l’Isle-Adam; aquarelle
Eng.: the washhouse at L’Isle-Adam; watercolour. L’Isle-Adam lies about 60km north-west of Paris, north of Pontoise.

SdAF-1896-4308, L’arbre de Jessé de l’église Saint-Nicolas, à Châtillon-sur-Seine (Côte-d’Or); dessin de vitrail du XVIe siècle, restauré
Compare S1870-p753; S1872-p337

SdAF-1897-3653, Projet de vitrail, pour plafond lumineux de théâtre
Eng.:Stained glass project for a theatre for a bright ceiling

SdAF-1898- 4420 Le vitrail en l’an 950; Restitution du plus ancien vitrail français mentionné dans les chroniques ; sainte Paschasie (Xe siècle) (Ecole bourguignonne) ; dessin d’architecture

SdAF-1901-3904, *Dessin de l’ancienne verrière de sainte Barbe, de la collégiale de Saint-Quentin
Eng.: Drawing of the former glass roof of Saint Barbara, of the collegiate church of Saint-Quentin

SdAF-1901-3905, *Dessin de l’ancienne verrière de sainte Barbe, de la collégiale de Saint-Quentin
x

SdAF-1902-3248, Dessin d’un vitrail ancien représentant l’arbre de Jessé, de l’église de Ploërmel
x

SdAF-1903-3640, Fragment du vitrail de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, à l’église Saint-Etienne de Beauvais; aquarelle ; Architecture
Compare a watercolour from the 1891 auction: A1891-51 — Chevet de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette.

SdAF-1903-3641, Vitraux de la Cathédrale de Quimper, XVe siècle; dessin; Architecture

SdAF-1904-3740, Quatre aquarelles: Les anciens ponts de Paris
Eng: 4 watercolours: the old bridges of Paris. Compare watercolours from the 1891 auction: A1891-49 — Le Pont Marie + A1891-57 — Le Pont des Anneaux.

SdAF-1904-3741, Quinze aquarelles: Au Portel
Probably 15 watercolours made in Portel, south of Calais at the Normancy coast.

 

Note: the Salon database suggests there were works of Ottin exhibited in 1889 + 1891 + 1900 at the Salon and also in 1897 + 1899 + 1902 + 1903 + 1906 + 1907 at the Société National des Beaux-Arts and also at the Salon d’Automne of 1904, but doesn’t mention any work of Léon-Auguste Ottin.

His son Henri-Léon Ottin also exhibited at the Salon:

S1902- 3247 Croquis de voyage ; Architecture

S1904- 3738 Souvenir d’excursion ; Architecture

His daughter Mlle Juliette-Andrée Ottin also exhibited at the Salon:

S1904- 3739 Deux aquarelles : /
1. Entrée de ferme Louis XIII, à La Salle. /
2. Rue, à Saint-Valery-en-Caux

They seamed to live at the same address as their father or was 29, Boulevard Pereire, Paris a shared studio?

 

Works from the 1891 auction:
Here below you will find a list from the auction held 1891/12/16 in Paris with works from the studio of ‘L. Ottin’. The titles marked with a ‘v’ have some connection with works exhibited at the Salon and the ‘impressionist’ expositions of 1874 + 1876.

Peinture:

A1891-1 — Sur la butte Montmartre (Exposition de 1875) v

A1891-2 — La Cité du Port au charbon v

A1891-3 — Près la porte Bineau.

A1891-4 — La Place Saint-Pierre en 1874.

A1891-5 — Le Plateau de la butte en 1872. v

A1891-6 — Le Pont-Neuf, du quai des Orfèvres v

A1891-7 — La Porte d’Asnières.

A1891-8 — L’Ancien Marché à la triperie, 1856.

A1891-9 — La Baraque bleue, rue Saint-André v

A1891-10 — Coin de la rue des Rosiers.

A1891-11 — Rue Damrémont.

A1891-12 — Neige.

A1891-13 — A Clignancourt.
Note: Léon Ottin made many works in Clignancourt, the 18e arrondissement de Paris.

A1891-14 — La Tour Solférino v

A1891-15 — L’Abreuvoir v

A1891-16 — Petite-Rue Saint-Denis, dans le haut v

A1891-17 — Petite-Rue Saint-Denis, dans le bas v

A1891-18 — Parterre du théâtre Montmartre.

A1891-19 — Sept Vues de Montmartre.

A1891-20 — Le Moulin de la Galette et l’Obélisque de Cassini.

A1891-21 — Près de la rue de la Fontaine-du-But.

A1891-22 à 41 — (20) Toiles sans cadre: Vues de Paris.

 

AQUARELLES SOUS VERRE

A1891-42 — La Berge du quai du Louvre (Exposition de 1887) v

A1891-43 — Vue générale de Paris, du sommet de Montmartre.

A1891-44 — Panorama de Paris, en 1831, près de la tour de Saint-Gervais.
Note: Léon Ottin was born in 1836. Was this a work of his father Auguste? Or is it made after another picture?

A1891-45 — La Cité de la Fenêtre du salon d’Apollon, au Louvre.

A1891-46 — Sur les toits (Exposition de 1880.)
Note: The salon database doesn’t mention that Léon Auguste Ottin exhibited at the Salon of 1880, so it is unclear where he exhibited this work.

A1891-47 — A Montmartre.
Note: Léon Ottin made many works in Montmartre.

A1891-48 — Huit Croquis de théâtre.
note: probably 8 studies.

A1891-49 — Le Pont Marie v

A1891-50 — Grand terrain, à Montmartre.

A1891-51 — Chevet de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette v

A1891-52 — Passage Saint-Roch.

A1891-53 — La Sainte-Chapelle

A1891-54 — Au Théâtre Montmartre

A1891-55 — Sur la scène de l’ancien Opéra-Comique

A1891-56 — Escalier de l’hôtel Du Barry

A1891-57 — Le Pont des Anneaux v

A1891-58- Escalier de la place du Tertre, de bas en haut

A1891-59 — Escalier de la place du Tertre, de bas en haut

A1891-60 — Rue Saint-Vincent

A1891-61 — Devant, le Sacré-Coeur

A1891-62 à 78 — Dix-sept grandes aquarelles sur Paris, en carton.

A1891-79 à 114 — Soixante-dix-neuf aquarelles sur Paris, en carton

A1891-115 à 129 – Quatre-vingt-huit aquarelles, bords de la mer : Étretat, le Tréport, Yport, Courseulles, et divers. (Ces lots seront divisés.) v

 

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