Ernest Guérin ( - )

Ernest Guérin

Ernest Guérin was a student of Lafont and Ronsin at the Beaux-Arts de Rennes. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he became a member and was a member of the South Wales Society. He also exhibited at the Royal Cambrian Academy. In 1905 he was awarded a vermeil medal at the École des Beaux-Arts, and in 1907 the medal of excellence.

Painter and illuminator, interpreter of the Bretons, the sea, the country and its legends. Anatole Le Braz saw in him the interpreter of Brittany penetrated by the poetry of "the past".

An original artist, he practised gouache, watercolour and illumination with the same happiness and took part in many Salons. His reputation quickly grew, due to the character of his work, which depicts the harshness of life, the customs of Breton peasants, traditional religious festivals, and the wild character of Brittany through its landscapes, its climate and its atmospheres. Ernest Guérin's landscapes reflect an art inspired by Japanese and Chinese works, mixing small characters lost in a nebulous landscape that occupies the entire composition.

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