Adrien-Charles Le Mayeur de Merprès


Canvas, oil. 24 x 32 cm
Signed bottom left: A Le Mayeur

Belgian art historians attribute the artist’s work to impressionism, a movement that, following France, spread to all European art schools. It is known that for a short period Le Meyer worked in a pointillistic manner.

The artist’s contemporaries especially appreciated in his paintings the effect of bright sunlight diagonally cutting through dense, swirling clouds, which enhanced the color and tonal contrasts of the composition. In his painting, the artist actively uses red-brown soil, combines light, rhythmic strokes in the image of the sky and body strokes in the highlights, and subtly describes the rigging of the ships standing at the pier.