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Paul Vogler (1853 - 1904)
Environs de Meulan par la neige
Oil on canvas, signed, 21 x 29 in.
Price: £ 7500
Artist biography:

Vogler, the son of a little-known painter, was self-taught, painting buildings before he became an artist. He never studied with a formal teacher or worked in a studio, nor did he ever attend a fine art school or academy. He was foremost influenced by and an admirer of Sisley, whose palette and technique he adopted. Though he did not receive formal instruction from Sisley, the older artist did act as mentor, certainly advising the less experienced Vogler. Vogler was also an intimate friend of the art critic Aurier, the defender of Gauguin and Van Gogh. Vogler possessed an ease and sensibility in his painting that was often noted by his contemporaries. His free application of colour earned him a place in the ranks of the Impressionist landscape painters and he had many fervent admirers amongst the early collectors of this school. He was also a leading member of the Pontoise School. Unfortunately he appears to have been profligate with the earnings his success accorded him. Vogler produced beautiful canvases known for their fresh, harmonious colours and radiant depiction of light. He exhibited along with Bonnard, Vuillard, Lautrec, Anquetin and Signac at the Galerie Vollard, his subjects including The Canal of Saint-Martin, The Quai de Valmy in Winter, Banks of the Oise at L’Isle Adam, and Haystacks in the Winter Sun. The critic Lugné Poc included his name among several artists he admired along with Vuillard, Denis, and Sérusier.