Gaston La Touche
A Painter of Belle Époque Dreams
Selina Baring Maclennan
Publisher: Antique Collectors’ Club
Size: 285 mm x 240 mm
Illustrations: 160 colour, 10 b&w
Published in 2009
- A comprehensive catalogue of La Touche’s work – the first in over 70 years
- Includes many important many important previously unseen paintings from private collections and recently discovered museum pieces
- Illustrates La Touche’s oeuvre from his early Realist period to his better known Belle Epoque fantasies.
Gaston La Touche (1854-1913) was a leading colourist of the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries, who associated with all the important artists of the period. He was close friends with many of the Impressionists, but chose to follow an independent path in both technique and subject matter. His extraordinary imagination revealed itself in his wonderful depictions of monkeys, fêtes, balls, theatrical subjects and interiors, all tinged with a wry sense of humour. His Versailles-inspired firework and fountain paintings are unique in quality and spectrum of colour.
Neglected for almost a century, with little or no research, La Touche’s work is now being re-evaluated. In both commercial and art-historical circles, his paintings are now highly sought after.
Many of the paintings reproduced in this book come from private collections and have not been illustrated or exhibited since the artist’s death.