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Charles Angrand


At Angrand, the search for a new social ideal motivates that of a new formal ideal. Anarchist, anti-militarist and anti-colonialist, Charles Angrand is committed through his drawings, but also through his aesthetic vocabulary. In search of a break with the stylistic tradition of naturalism, he joined Seurat's post-impressionism and divisionism. When Au verger was painted at the turn of the century, Angrand freed himself from the technical constraints of divisionism to rock his works with diaphanous colors that subtly restore the intensity of each impression, in the face of the fragile glare of light. The simplicity of treatment of the subject, bordering on abstraction, retains only the essential: the relentless attention to the vibration of living things. Thus, Angrand gives his painting a moral value, by resisting the attraction of the analog image, which would only be the restitution of reality.