This peaceful plein-air scene draws us in, appealing to the senses: we can feel the warmth of the sun rays on our skin; the freshness of the shade; the smell of earth and foliage. Magnificent example of a naturalist landscape with certain impressionist elements. This canvas was presented at the Annual Exhibition of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptors at the Grand Palais in Paris in February 1908, where it is described as follows: “M Blanche makes us admire an exquisite sous-bois (wooded scene), of a very happy and very learned realism ... "
Blanche Marie Eugénie Louppe was born in Reims (Marne) on May 16, 1868. She was the elder sister of listed painters Léonie Louppe (1869-1920) and Lucie Louppe (1872-1963). Daughter of a lumber merchant, her family moved to Paris after the bankruptcy of her father's business in 1877. She continued her artistic studies at the National School of Drawing for Young Girls, since the prospects for women in the Parisian art world in the 19th century were limited and the influential École des Beaux-Arts did not begin admitting women until 1897. She was a member of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptors, which in 1882 began organizing an annual exhibition of women artists at the Grand Palais in Paris. Known for her landscapes, portraits and miniatures, she exhibited regularly between 1886 and 1909. She devoted herself to teaching from 1910 as a drawing teacher and director of a school for girls in Sannois (Seine-et-Oise). After the First World War broke out, and as a member of the Association des Dames Françaises and the Red Cross, she volunteered as an ambulance nurse, dying on March 18, 1916 in Sannois, aged 48, as a consequence of an illness contracted in service. She rests in the Sannois cemetery.
Sources: Archives de France; Le Petit Parisien (Paris) - Numéro 14288); Journal officiel de la République française; Le Radical (Paris) - 1908/03/09.
Artist: Blanche Louppe (1868-1916).
Signed on bottom right.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 38 x 55 cm. / 15 x 21 ½ in.
Frame: 47 x 64 cm. / 18 ½ x 25 ¼ in. Gilt wood, very good condition.