PEYRONNET Dominique
( 1872-1943). French painter; born in Talence, a suburb of Bordeaux; died in Paris. Peyronnet, a printer, came to painting rather late and brought to it his craftsman's conscience, his love of precision, of work well done, of a well-learned trade. He was almost fifty when he began to paint, with the patient honesty he had acquired in printing coloured pictures. He judged his achievements with as calm a certainty as when he made an exact adjustment on his machine. He did not fear to tackle the greatest subjects in Nature; the sea was his favourite theme, and he did not hesitate to think that no one could represent certain subjects better than he. It is true that this pride was genuinely naïve; it is also true that he painted with a concern for never falsifying reality, and thus he succeeded in extracting from familiar subjects a secret life that certainly does not have the grandeur present in the works of Rousseau, but is not devoid of mystery. His art is somewhat frigid, but never dry. In his very special way of isolating every object, making it a whole in itself, he recalls the Gothic Primitives. In his faithfulness to his subject there is a fervour, put to the service of Nature, that exalts reality and doubles its intensity. Thus he has created an immobile world in limpid air, whose poetry is outside all the present problems of painting.
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