Felix-Albert-Anthyme Aubert (1866-1940) was a French designer, draftsman and painter. He debuted as an artistic artist, designing wallpaper, upholstery fabrics, stained glass, glass or porcelain. He was interested in the restoration of the lacemaking industry, designing his own lace patterns. He exhibited at the Salon Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1895 to 1923. In his designs, he showed a preference for a simplified line and clarity of motive, referring to nature. His art is compared to the works of William Morris and fits into later Art Nouveau trends.
Description of the painting:
The work, kept in shades of blue, is almost monochromatic. It seems as if the delicate blues blend into one surface. Upon closer inspection, four overlapping zones can be distinguished. The right lower corner of the painting is occupied by a fragment of the beach depicted in pastel brown tones. The next zone is a wavy sea space. The artist marked the incoming long wave with light and shade. The movement of the water is emphasized by small, elongated brush strokes. Behind it extends a calm, azure mirror of water, on which, in the distance, are faintly outlined sailboats. The view is crowned by the sky, divided into a band of massive clouds, from behind which the sun emerges in the center, illuminating the upper, blue part. The rays of the sun are rendered in a cold, light color, reaching the tops of the waves in the foreground.
The landscape, forming almost a uniform surface, is a subtle impression of the sea view and is one of the artist’s most famous paintings.