1812 ó Versailles ó 1872

A Pair of Landscapes

black, white & yellow chalks. 83/8 x 121/2" (213 x 318 mm). one is signed and dated, l/l: H. LanoŁe 1857.

LanoŁe was a pupil of Bertin and Vernet. He won the prix de Rome in 1841 and was knighted by the Legion of Honor in 1864. He travelled to Rome, Holland, and Russia and was renown for his landscape paintings and his pastels. A beautiful example of the latter is in a private collection, Chicago.

The artistís command over his materials is considerable. He very skillfully applies the chalk to the coarse paper, confident of the effects of light and texture he can achieve by varying both the pressure applied to the chalk and the point of the chalk. In so doing, he creates both light and feathery boughs and dense heavy masses of foliage, illuminating beautifully the differences between tree types. Few artists could achieve such exquisite and harmonious variations in the depiction of an arboreous landscape.