A beautiful depiction of children playing with lanterns ; dancing whilst decorating a Fête in Pont Aven, this oil by Ferdinand du Puigaudeau is a sumptuous display of artistic excellence – the lantern light is dappled, refl ected and coloured in bravado inspiration.
Ferdinand du Puigaudeau was born in Nantes on 4th April 1864. After studying classics he honed his artistic skills by travelling to Italy and Tunisia. In 1886, the year of his first known works, he met Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard, and Charles Laval in Pont-Aven. Puigaudeau was working with those at the dawn of the School of Pont-Aven which ‘arrived’ two years later.
In 1889, during a trip to Belgium, he befriended the Group of XX, particularly Guillaume Vogels, Jan Toorop and James Ensor. He also met the realistic painter and sculptor Constantin Meunier.
Ferdinand presented his first work to the Salon of the Societe Nationale in 1890. After a short stay in Venice in 1904, where he produced fifty paintings, he returned to Loire-Atlantique (Batz-sur-Mer), with serious financial problems.
In 1907, Puigaudeau moved to Manor Kervaudu (le Croisic) where he met the painters Jean-Emile Laboureur, Emile Dezaunay and his cousin, writer Alphonse de Chateaubriant. Sadly du Puigaudeau took his own life in Croissic on 19th September 1930.