MARIE BRACQUEMOND (1840/1916), FRENCH PAINTER – When a new style is not just a new way of painting, but a way of seeing things.

One of the three great ladies of the Impressionist movement.

All year round, the landscape is fantastic with rocks and scum. In these places a woman was born who had her own way of painting things. Here, scattered in very different districts (the district, Argenton, Trémazan and Kersaint), the municipality of Landunvez is famous for the five kilometers of its tourist itinerary, the one that overlooks the sea of Iroise. Your trip it will include the remains of the medieval castle Trémazan (erected on a mound from 1256 by the lord of Du Chastel). As you will discover, part of its material consists of pebbles. Do not forget that your “author’s journey” also browse through the delicate flavors of the land of your paths. At the Château de Sable restaurant you will find creative cuisine for your palate. Its products are selected by local producers, (also regarding fish and shellfish).

MARIE BRACQUEMOND was born into a December day in Argenton-en-Landunvez (near Brest, Brittany). While she was copying Old Masters in the Louvre, she was seen by Félix Bracquemond who fell in love with her, later becoming her husband. Her husband respected his wife’s talents as an artist, but disagreed with her adaptation of Impressionist techniques. As she had said, Impressionism has produced a useful way of looking at things, as though all at once a window opens, with sun and air enter into your house.

She was part of a family of artists. MARIE BRACQUEMOND was the wife of a painter and writer, and mother of a painter. She began to study drawing at Étampes, tooking advice from Ingres, but never received any formal teaching. In 1857, she was commissioned by the State to copy pictures in the Louvre, where she met her future husband. She was influenced by Ingres, but during time her style changed as a consequence of her admiration for Renoir and Monet, and in 1879, 1880 and 1886 she took part in Impressionist exhibitions. In 1919, her retrospective exhibition in Paris included 90 paintings. If you wish to see her “La dame en blanc” (toile, peinture à l’huile), you need to enter at the Cambrai Musée Municipal.

What we know about her, comes from a brief biography that her only child wrote about his artist parents. In opposite, it was her husband loathed the Impressionist style. By mid-career, many of her paintings were made in the garden of her home (in the Parisian suburb of Sèvres), but earlier in her career MARIE BRACQUEMOND enjoyed going out, painting en plein air. Her “Woman in the Garden”, reveals her roots in academic painting. In fact, in 1859, she was accepted as a pupil to the legendary painter Ingres. She died in Paris on a January day. Three women with umbrellas (The three graces), you can admire in its place of conservation, the Musée d’Orsay (Paris).

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