Henri Pontoy (1888/1968) - Watercolor on paper - Oriental landscape
Dated 1932 - Signéedet dédicated
Beautiful oriental landscape
Signed lower left, dated and dedicated
Old mahogany frame with lemon tree fillets.
Re-framed by professional workshop.
Dimensions at sight:
Height: 45,5 cm
Width: 37,2 cm
Dimensions with frame:
Height: 59,5 cm
Width: 51 cm
Very good condition.
Henri Pontoy (1888/1968) entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and exhibited his engravings at the Salon des Artistes Français, his paintings at the Salon d'Automne as well as at the Salon of Algerian Orientalist Artists. In 1926, he was awarded a travel grant which enabled him to travel to North Africa, particularly Tunisia where he became a member of the Salon Tunisien the same year, then went to Morocco and West Africa. He lived for several years around 1930 in Ouarzazate where he met the painter Jacques Majorelle. He became a professor of arts and letters at the Moulay Idriss high school in Fèz. He won the 1933 Grand Prix of the City of Algiers. He left in 1947 with Majorelle, in Africa. He won the Cameroon Prize in 1951. His fresh, airy palette of warm colors, both in oils and in watercolors, has always met with great success. He is one of the last French representatives of Orientalism which reached its peak in the interwar period.
• Oran, January 1925
• Algiers and Tunis: 1926
• Salon d'Automne in Algiers, 1926
• Algiers, 1933, Salon of Algerian orientalist artists
• Algiers, December 1938, Salon of the Artistic Union of North Africa
• Algiers, January 1947, mirrored art exhibition
• Bénézit dictionary
• Alfred Rousse, 28th Salon of Algerian Orientalist Artists, 1927.
• Stéphane Richemond, Les Salons des Artistes Coloniaux, Éditions de l'Amateur, 2003
• Gérald Schurr and Pierre Cabanne, Dictionary of the little masters of painting, Éditions de l'Amateur, 2003.
• Elisabeth Cazenave. Artists of Algeria, dictionary of painters, sculptors, engravers 1830-1962, Editions Bernard Giovanangeli, Association Abd-el-tif, 2001.
Price: 1.950 €