This somber landscape, signed Benoît Émile Noirot (1853 - 1924), is dated 1915 and depicts the small lake of Paimpol or the étang à Paimpol. The frame is beautifully detailed with gadrooning and running pearl.
Émile Noirot, whose real name was Benoît Émile Noirot, born June 5, 1853 in Roanne (Loire) and died June 5, 1924 in Le Bourzat (commune of Saint-Germain-des-Fossés) (Allier), was a French painter.
Excerpt from Wikipedia translated from French:
Émile Noirot is the son of Louis Noirot (1820-1902) painter and lithographer and Françoise Jacques. He first had his father as a teacher. In 1874, he left for Paris to complete his apprenticeship in painting. There he came under the influence of the Barbizon school with notably Louis Français and Charles-François Daubigny as teachers, moving towards open-air landscape painting. He returned to Roanne in 1881, and as his grandson Dominique Noirot confides: “… he rediscovers with delight and emotion the sites of the Loire Valley, where he remains motionless for long hours, like the hunter in the lookout. He observes, understands and translates the thousand aspects of these austere landscapes ... He paints his river", ... Saint-Maurice and its keep dominating one of the wildest sites in the valley punctuated by the remains of an ancient bridge. »(Extract from page 26 of the book Émile Noirot published in December 1997 and edited by the Jean-Pierre Prebet gallery). Noirot's work is immense and varied, nourished by his travels both in France and in Italy. However, the painter has always remained attached to the Roanne region and the gorges of the Loire, which he chooses to represent in monumental paintings executed for the city of Roanne and the prefecture of the Loire (Saint-Étienne). We can also note that the paintings selected by the Parisian juries were on the same theme: in 1889, as part of the Universal Exhibition, Le rocher de la Madone (near the Saut du Perron) received an honorable mention; in 1893, Le Saut du Perron represented France at the Universal Exhibition in Chicago, and the same year Moonrise in Saint-Maurice received at the show the second class medal (highest award since at this show of 1893, the first class medal was not awarded). He was painter of the Department of the Navy in 1899.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall including frame 18" x 24¾"
Approx. overall including frame 46cm x 63cm