GASTON LA TOUCHE
Renowned as a painter of belle époque dreams, Gaston La Touche, depicted figurative paintings, landscapes, allegorical and mythological subjects with an ethereal serenity and an appearance far removed from the everyday world.
La Touche surrounded himself with key the influential artistic and literary figures of the time in Paris. At the infamous Le Café de la Nouvelle Athènes, La Touche became acquaintances with Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Félix Bracquemond and Emile Zola, all of whom shared a commitment to presenting the truth through their art.
From the 1890s La Touche began to brighten his colour palette and depict light hearted subjects following the examples of the genre of the fête galantes. His representation of nature through light and colour chimes with the approach of the Impressionists, while La Touche’s work also has an added element of fantasy that sets him apart from the group.