Monday, April 28, 2014

Artz of Port Goulphar

Belle Isle is the largest French Island off the coast of Brittany, a region in the North of France. The island is a combination of dramatic cliffs, craggy rock formations and peaceful beaches.

The island has been a favorite of artists for many years. Octave Penguilly L'Haridon painted there in 1859. French writer Maxime Du Camp adored it and French poet Maxime Du Camp was inspired.

Les Petites mouettes, rivage de Belle-Isle en mer Octave Penguilly L'Haridon
John Peter Russell the Austrailian Impressionist established an artist colony on the island and was visited by Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Vincent Vasn Gogh.

                                                            Matisse, “Belle Ile”
In 1886 Claude Monet painted 36 seascapes during his residency on the island. Many of those inspired by the rocks at Port Goulphar. He described the landscape of this area as terrifying and very beautiful.

During the 1890s Maxime Maufra moved to Brittany spending time on Belle Isle and painting Port Goulphar.

Gustave Loiseau seeking a place to concentrate on his love of landscapes ended up in Brittany and spent time on Isle Belle painting the rock formations at Port Goulphar. While at the artist colony he met Paul Gauguin and Henry Moret.

This week we present the Artz of Port Goulphar.

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