Attractive mountain landscape with a fast-moving stream, apparently unsigned but attributed to accomplished French landscape painter Émile Godchaux (1860-1938). Painted around 1890.
Émile Godchaux was born around 1860 in Bordeaux. He is often confused with his father Alfred Godchaux (1839-1907), painter born in Paris and died in Reims who, in the same time frame painted similar themes and in a fairly similar style.
His favourite themes are ports, the cliffs of the Normandy coast, Atlantic beaches with fishermen and boats, mountainous landscapes in the Pyrenees and in Savoy, Venice. The skies he paints are tumultuous, his figures often clad in late 19th century fishermen’s or peasant costumes.
A certain mystery still hangs over this prolific painter for whom research is underway.
Sources: Dictionnaire des Petits Maîtres de la Peinture de 1820 à 1920 by Gérald Schurr et Pierre Cabanne; Benezit, Dictionary of Artists; Archives de France.
Artist: Émile Godchaux (attrib.). Unsigned.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 46 x 55 cm. / 18 x 21 ¾ in.
Frame: 59 x 69 cm. / 23 ¼ x 27 ¼ in. Gilt wood and stucco, French Restoration period. Good general condition.