Roussel’s work is extremely versatile. In addition to rendering realistic scenes of coastal fishing life, he began a series of impressionist paintings in 1889 that focused on the qualities of light and atmosphere. He also found inspiration in dunes, valleys and small villages dotting the Normandy region, those rare places that had not yet been overrun by man. In Landscape near Rang du Fliers, the artist seems enamored with the changing color of the sky and the play of light on the road and distant houses as the sun breaks through the clouds.
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Estate of the artist
To Vose Galleries, inventory no. CR-141, November 1991
To private collection, Birmingham, Alabama, August 1993 to present
Old Vose Galleries label, inventory no. CR-141
- Vose Galleries exhibition catalogue
- Antiques and the Fine Arts Weekly, January 31, 1992, review of the exhibition above, illustrated in black and white on page 84
Charles Roussel: Master of the Opal Coast, Babcock Galleries, New York, in conjunction with Vose Galleries, Boston, February 1 – March 7, 1992, illustrated in black and white on page 37 of the exhibition catalogue