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Norbert Goeneutte

(French, 1854–1894)

nature morte aux fruits by norbert goeneutte

Norbert Goeneutte

Nature morte aux fruits, 1893

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In 1871, Goeneutte entered the studio of Isidore Pils at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. When Pils died in 1875 Henri Lehmann took over the studio and Goeneutte left, moving to Montmartre. There he met Auguste Renoir, for whom he often modelled. Although Goeneutte was friends with Manet, Degas and Renoir he did not exhibit with the Impressionist group, preferring instead the official Salons. The influence however, of these ‘intransigents’, can clearly be seen in Goeneutte’s unusual compositions and loose brushstrokes.
Every year from 1876, he exhibited several works in the Paris Salon. A rare work from his early period is the atmospheric Boulevard de Clichy sous la neige, (Tate Gallery, London) exhibited at the Salon of 1876. He visited London in 1880, Rotterdam in 1887 and Venice in 1890.
In 1891, Goeneutte moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Dr. Paul Gachet had a studio in his home. In 1892, he exhibited a portrait of Dr. Gachet. Though his career was cut short by his early death, in his time Goeneutte portrayed a variety of themes working with equal ability as a printmaker and a painter. His portraits and scenes of everyday working class lives and fashionable Parisians were to inspire artists such as Jean Béraud, Luigi Loir and Eugène Galien Laloue.