Francis Picabia - L'Eglise de Montigny, Effet D'Automne, 1908
Oil on canvas
65 x 81 cm
The post-impressionist painting L'Eglise de Montigny was created in 1908, at a time when Francis Picabia (1879 - 1953) was intensively studying the works of Camille Pissarro (1930 - 1903) and Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899). With a keen sense of composition and atmospheric effect, Picabia skillfully captured the autumnal scenery in Montigny on canvas. In a pointillist manner, he placed the intense, pastose spots of color next to each other to emphasize the play of lights in the leaves. The bright shades of blue in the sky, the river, and the church form an intense contrast to the predominant brown and green tones of the ground and the trees in the foreground. This color composition allowed Picabia to light up the center of the painting and emphasize the church in the distance. The purple brushstrokes all over the work break with the traditional colors of landscapes and are a sign of Picabia's modernity and virtuosity in the use of colors. L'Eglise de Montigny is a great example of his technical mastery. His post-impressionist paintings created between 1903 and 1908, found their way into several exhibitions at that time and the public and critics were fascinated by his works. Subsequently, shows abroad followed, for example in Berlin, Barcelona and London.