House of the Hanged Man, Auvers-sur-Oise
La maison du pendu, Auvers-sur-Oise
We just finished watching the part about the first Impressionist Exhibition (Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs et Graveurs) held in 1874 at Nadar’s studio on Boulevard des Capucines. This exhibition was organized by the artists after their work was refused by the official Salon. SPOILER: Their efforts weren’t well received (If you pick up the DVD I hope you forget about this).
|First Impressionist Exhibition|
Yes – I’m getting to the point……
Among the masterpieces on exhibit was Cezanne’s 'House of the Hanged Man' which he painted in 1873 while living in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town just north of Paris.
So, what I've forgotten somewhere along the line, or never thought about at all, is (drumroll) who was this hanged man and what was he hanged for? Why aren’t they spilling the beans on that one? I figured it must be something gruesome or scandalous.
Well, turns out I was wrong. Supposedly, the house had been owned by a Breton man named Penn’Du, which sounds like the French word for hanged man - 'Pendu'. Hmmmmm.
|Guillaumin au pendu|
I haven’t found where the information on the titles originates, so further research is required. I have to go now - where are the grant applications?
Musée d'Orsay, Paul Cezanne
|Worh picking up!|