Thursday, February 7, 2013

Puigaudeau, Ferdinand du

Shadow Rabbits
oil on canvas
size unknown
Private collection

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau (1864 - 1930), nicknamed Picolo, was an French Impressionist painter best known for his paintings of country life and sunsets. Born in Nantes, France, he began his artistic career studying in the classical tradition and traveling to Italy and Tunisia. In 1886, he met Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard while attending what would later become the famous Ecole de Pont-Aven in Brittany. He was a close friend of Edgar Degas who bought one of his Fireworks paintings.

In. 1907, he rented the Manor Kervaudu, The Croisic, located in Southern Brittany to settle down definitively on the peninsula of Guerande. The World War of 1914 isolated him from the rest of the world. Degas called Puigaudeau the hermit of Kervaudu due to his secluded and solitary existence. In his later days, after the last minute cancellation of his exhibition in New York in 1919, he fell into a state of depression and alcohol abuse. He died on 19 September 1930, surrounded by his wife and daughter.