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Charles Angrand

(1854-1926) French, Pointillist, NeoImpressionist

His Style Was Influenced by the following Painters and Art movements -Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Henri Cross,  Paul Signac, Jean Auguste Ingres, Maximilien Luce, Renoir and Japanese prints and Art Nouveau

Education - Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts in Rouen

Mediums - oil on canvas, pastel, drawing,  bronze

Cause of Death - Old Age


The French Impressionist and Pointillist  painter Charles Angrand, grew up in a middleclass home in Criquetot-sur-Ouville, France. His father was a local headmaster and his mother took in ironing when times got tough. Young Charles was a gifted artist from a young age. When he moved to Paris in the fall of 1882 he met Georges Signac and Seurat, through a prostitute who also worked as a model. The three artists became great friends almost immediately, spending hours at cafes drinking absinthe and discussing art.
Angrand soon fell under the spell of Georges Seurat, and took up his pointillist style. In 1884 he helped found the Salon des Indépendants along with a group of avant-garde painters in Paris. To make ends meet he also gave art lessons at the Lycée Chaptal in Paris.

 When Seurat died suddenly on March 29, 1891, Angrand became heartbroken with grief and spiraled into a deep depression. For a long while the joy and brightness seemed to leave Angrand and he gave up painting.  He went to  Normandy and gave up painting. Angrand died disillusion by the art world in 1926.


Description of Charles Angrand's Style

Angrand revealed himself to be strongly gifted from the start of his painting career. His early Pointillist paintings reveal a strong foundation in drawing. His colors are amazingly dazzling. He painted women with a airy naturalness and sensitivity. His larger portraits, landscapes with figures and seascapes reveal him as a  lover of light.  Charles Angrand's airy palette tended to more far more whimsical than his fellow painters. He subject matter focused on quaint Parisian neighborhoods, nudes bathing by rivers, the French countryside and serious interior scenes.
joyous brightness

Angrand juxtaposed small dots of pure color together to maximize luminosity. The dots appeared to intermingle and blend in the observer's eye. He rejected the haphazard spontaneity of Impressionism in support of this radical innovative painting technique.

He loved to work outside, en plein air, preferring to paint directly from life.



Important Pointillist Painters

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Charles Angrand (1854-1926) French

Georges Lemmen (1865 - 1916) Belgian

Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891) French

Paul Signac (1863 - 1935) French

Theo Van Rysselberghe (1862 - 1926) Belgian


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